Code violations at vacant motel near Mid-Continent Airport

By: Lily Wu - Email
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WICHITA, Kan.-- A vacant motel is creating an eyesore for people who pass by the property near the airport in West Wichita.

"It does look really terrible from the highway," said John King, resident. "You can figure that there's all kinds of rodents and all kinds of bad things happening over here now."

On Oct. 27th, nine fire crews responded to the scene of a fire at the Airport Inn at 600 S. Holland, on the northwest corner of Kellogg and Ridge Road. Investigators said the cause is undetermined but possible squatters may have accidentally started the fire.

"They have to keep the area clean. It should be secured so that people can't go in to it," said Tom Stolz, director of the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department. "Up until a couple of weeks ago, the last time we were out, this debris did not exist."

Now, there are dozens of mattresses and furniture lying outside the building. Stolz said this is against city codes.

"We can't have this, like this, because of health and safety issues," said Stolz.

A representative for the property owner said the plan is to demolish the building and the process took longer because of asbestos inside.

The owner is required to clean the debris and secure the building.

A citation can be issued for people who leave unattended, bulky material outside a property.

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