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Days are numbered at troubled Econo Lodge motel in Sunset Hills

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SUNSET HILLS (KMOV.com) -

The days are numbered for a hotel in Sunset Hills that many say is a problem spot.

A judge has appointed a bank to take over control until the Econo Lodge in Sunset Hills is sold. That sale could happen as soon as 60 days.
    
"We are getting a bad deal they make it out to look like everybody that is here are a bunch of drug dealers and prostitutes and we are not," says Robert Johnson. 

Johnson has called the Econo Lodge home for the last eight months and will continue to do so for the next 60 days. The judge's order Wednesday means the property is still open for business and will be run under a local management group until its sold. 

"I like it here. It's a nice place," he says. 

But the city doesn't agree. Last month, the board of alderman revoked the Econo Loge's  business license because of reports of numerous incidents involving prostitution and drugs. Many, like business owner , Gina White whose business is right across the street from the motel, thought that decision was the end of it. 

"We thought people were going to be escorted out of the motel and shut down and it's been open for business ever since then," she says. 

White says its frustrating something so many have spoken out against is still operating. 

"I don't even understand how it even got to this point where we are seeing dead bodies getting carried out in body bags," she says. 

With 60 days added to the clock, it's left everyone in a standstill. 

"We just have no where else to go and we aren't going to be able to go get an apartment and move out. We either are going to have to go to the streets or go to a shelter," says Roberts. 

 
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