Canfield motel may be forced to close due to violations, license expiration

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The motel would have to get all of its residents and guests out by Monday

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – A motel in Canfield may have to close by Monday — at least until its many health and safety violations are corrected.

Officials from Canfield Township and the Cardinal Joint Fire District went to Common Pleas Court Wednesday morning, asking a magistrate to order the Colonial Motel on US-224 be closed indefinitely.

Lawyers for both sides are proposing a closing order and will submit that to the judge for approval. That proposal would have the motel closed by Monday.

The property and its managers have received more than 20 “major violations” since last October and officials say few significant repairs have been made.

WKBN also learned the motel’s state license to operate expired last month and was not renewed.

“We have electrical issues, smoke detector issues,” said Deputy Fire Chief Matt Rarick. “We’ve had a few small fires in the past. There’s some evidence of cleanliness, obviously. We’ve got some mold issues and things like that.”

The motel would have to get all of its residents and guests out by Monday, then close until those violations are fixed.

Both sides are expected to return to court for an update on improvements in about 90 days.

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