Upstate motel condemned, forcing many to find new accommodations

GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – An Upstate motel has been condemned and has left several people scrambling to find a place to stay.

Greenville County officials told 7News the Economy Inn on Augusta Road was ordered to be immediately vacated because of the following safety concerns:

  • Smoke Detectors are inoperable
  • Sewage system is not operating properly
  • Electrical hazards
  • 2nd Story room floors are weak and have holes in them
  • Residential clothes washers are being used and operating from extension cords
  • Holes are in  walls
  • Ceilings need repair
  • Infestation
  • Trash and Debris in rooms and on exterior
  • Exposed wiring
  • Several rooms do not have heat and hot water
  • Padlocks installed on exterior doors
  • The motel said there were about 40 rooms booked and they’ll be reimbursing for nights people didn’t stay

Some people were panicked, saying they had lived there for months.

Later Wednesday evening, code enforcement officials said people had until Thursday morning to leave.

“For them to come and tell us we have to get out right now, we don’t have anywhere to go,” Deborah Crawford, a resident at the Economy Inn, said.

Property officials told us they’re usually given 30 days to fix any issues discovered by code enforcement, and that the condemnation was out of their hands.

They said people who paid ahead of time would be reimbursed, but some people said they have not gotten all their money back.

County officials also said they provided some contact information for resources to help:

  • Greenville County Redevelopment Authority– 242-9801
  • Greenville County Human Relations Commission – 467-7095
  • Greenville Urban League – Jean Vernon – 244-3862
  • Salvation Army – Poinsett Highway – Men/Women/Children – 235-4803
  • Miracle Hill – Greenville Rescue Mission 575 W Washington Street – 242-6933
  • Miracle Hill – Shepherds Gate Women’s Shelter – 1 Regency hill DR – 268-5589