Many stranded as city shuts down Albuquerque motel

Posted at: 04/30/2013 9:18 PM
Updated at: 04/30/2013 10:28 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

There won’t be any vacancies at an Albuquerque motel because the city closed it, and it’s a race against time for people who call the motel home.

"We ended up having to leave the day before anybody gets money with nowhere to go,” said Cynthia Jaramillo.

Before the end of the day Tuesday, the nearly 30 occupied rooms at the Mountain View Inn have to be empty.

The Albuquerque Safe City Strike Force says it gave two week’s notice that the motel would close.

"The conditions that were here I haven't seen in quite a few years,” said Joe Martinez, with Safe City Strike Force.

Martinez says problems reported since December haven’t been fixed.

“There's infestation issues, there's plumbing issues, holes in the walls, when you go into some of these rooms they're missing smoke detectors," he said.

In addition to a lot of police calls to the motel, Martinez says the motel is not meant for long stays - rooms don’t have stoves.

But the owner or management has been renting by the week and month.

"There was nothing wrong with my room at all,” said Jaramillo.

Jaramillo says she can’t afford anything else. She says she’s been paying $640 a month for four months.

Katherine Stone was also rushing to get out on Tuesday.

"There are problems with the building, but of all the hotels we've stayed in this was the best," said Stone.

The retired veteran is the only person allowed to stay the night, because her benefits don’t get in until Wednesday

"I'm glad we can stay. I'm really sad that it didn't happen for everybody," she said.

As Jaramillo and her family take the last of their things to their car, they said they have no clue where they’ll go.

"It's hard,” she said. “I have to be strong for my kids. I can't break down in front of them.”

This isn’t the end of the motel. If management brings it up to code, they could start reopening a few rooms at a time.

Managment says they are working hard to open again.