Madisonville hotel condemned, residents scramble to find other living arrangements

Updated: Jun. 30, 2020 at 6:03 PM CDT
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MADISONVILLE, Ky (WFIE) - More than 40 people in Madisonville will be without a home next week, at least for now. Those people currently call the Red Cardinal Inn home.

On June 23, the building was condemned by the Madisonville Building Inspector.

“It feels horrible. It feels scary,” said resident Jeffrey Westby.

The Building Inspector said those who live here have 14 days to pack up and move. That leaves Jeffery Westby and his mom scrambling to find a place to go.

“We’re having storms out, so its kind of wet,” said Westby. “My mom is older, and she can’t move around a lot. And we have nowhere else to put our things, so we might end up losing it.”

A manager of the hotel told 14 News Tuesday they’re confused about why the hotel was condemned in the first place.

14 News has copies of past inspection records over the last year. One record we obtained is a health inspection performed by the Hopkins County Department of Public Health. The record shows they passed their health inspection with a 94.

Building Inspector Frank Wallace told 14 News by phone Tuesday they condemned the hotel because of complaints, previous inspections, and other reports they received.

Wallace said the city will be flexible if tenants can’t find other arrangements by July 7.

After tenants vacate the property, Wallace said they’ll inspect the property, and then give management a list of things they need to fix. Once fixed, they’ll complete their inspection and make a decision if the hotel can reopen or be demolished.

14 News has asked to view the records of previous inspections done by the building inspector. They told us they’re working on getting documents together.

We’ll continue to follow this story.

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