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WEYMOUTH

Boston Motel’s license suspended indefinitely

Citing serious health and safety concerns, the Weymouth Health Department has indefinitely suspended Boston Motel’s operating license and ordered all the occupants out.

Health director Daniel McCormack said that about 20 of the 84 rooms in the three-building complex were occupied when he issued his order on Nov. 9 after a public hearing, and that the motel is now empty.

He said the order stemmed from a Nov. 6 inspection of the property by the town’s health, fire, and building departments that found numerous code violations — including improperly installed smoke detectors, faulty electrical wiring, missing fireproof material, and drains that dumped “somewhere outside” the buildings.

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“There were so many violations that we didn’t count them; we grouped them categorically,” he said. “We felt it was unsafe for individuals to continue to live there.”

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McCormack said the motel owner, Jay Patel, has told the town that he plans to bring one of the buildings up to code, and hopes to tear down the others and replace them with an apartment building.

McCormack said the rooms at 655 Washington St. are rented both nightly and for longer periods, and were used for a while as housing for homeless families — a practice that ended about a year ago.

He said the property, which was formerly a Super 8 Motel, has had problems for years, including numerous overdose and domestic abuse calls. “We have a file three inches thick with inspections, concerns, and complaints,” he said.

Neighboring Braintree has been involved in a similar situation — shutting down the Motel 6 there in July 2017 as a threat to public health and safety.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.