A Springfield alderman says time’s up for the building that has become the symbol of blight and decay in the city.
Alderman Cory Jobe says Mayor Mike Houston should act immediately to close down the Bel-Aire Motel and have the property condemned. And Jobe says if the city doesn’t do it within the next 10 business days, he will introduce an ordinance to make it happen.
Jobe says repeatedly citing the residential motel’s absentee owner for building code violations isn’t accomplishing anything. He says he will work with the city and state to find a new place to live for the Bel-Aire’s residents.
But Mayor Mike Houston’s office says it’s been working for a long time to get the Bel-Aire Motel shut down… and says there’s no way to do it in the time frame demanded by Jobe. Houston’s spokesman says the mayor has been in talks with the Bel-Aire’s lawyers and continues to work through the courts on the situation… but says that legal process takes time.