|By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register,
Conn.McClatchy-Tribune Business News
Mar. 8, 2007 - BRANFORD -- The owners of the Days Inn
Branford, which was shut down Tuesday for numerous fire, health and
building code violations, met with officials of all three departments
Wednesday and agreed to hire a code consultant firm to help resolve the
issues so the hotel can reopen.
Meanwhile, a field inspector from the company that franchises
Days Inns -- which found the motel in default of its franchise
agreement last October -- is expected to visit the property today, said
Rich Roberts, a spokesman for the Wyndham Hotel Group of Parsippany,
Among the many violations were mold problems in some rooms,
exposed wiring, a lack of working smoke detectors, missing fire doors
and emergency lights, food served without a permit, water system
problems that left scalding water in some rooms and no hot water in
others and some rooms without heat. In some rooms, spots where heating
and air conditioning units had been mounted and then removed were left
exposed to the outdoors, officials said.
The motel's management and owners could not be reached for
"We met with the owners. They've agreed to fully cooperate as
well as to keep the hotel unoccupied until they're in compliance with
the fire, building and health code," said Jim Monopoli, director of the
East Shore Health District, Branford's health department.
"Unfortunately, it had to come to the closure for us to be
sitting at the table." Town Building Official Anthony Cinicola and Fire
Marshal Shaun Heffernan said the hotel's owners have agreed at their
expense to put up three longterm tenants of the motel at the Branford
Motel 6 until the Days Inn Branford is ready to reopen.
The town put the tenants, at least one of which was a family,
up Tuesday night in the Advanced Motel. Cinicola said the owners of the
Days Inn Branford obtained four rooms at the Motel 6 even though there
were only three long-term tenants because one tenant turned out to be a
family of six. According to Cincicola, the motel's owners are cleaning
out some rooms while using others for stockpiling. "Their main goal
right now is going to be to get the office open and the main building
open," he said.
Cincicola said the owners "kind of claimed and identified the
problem as poor property management" and said they had recently
replaced the person or persons responsible.
Roberts previously said Wyndham found the motel to be in default of its franchisee agreement last October "because of quality control issues" and had been working with management to try to correct the problems. He said putting the motel in default triggered a "cure period," during which the owners were supposed to correct the problems. That cure period was originally 90 days, but was extended in order to give the owners more time to do the necessary work, he said. If it turns out the motel has not corrected the problems, Wyndham could take action that, depending on state law, could be up to and including termination of the motel's affiliation with Days Inn, Roberts said.
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