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Residents clear out of Central Ave. motel
COLONIE -- Tuesday was the final day for residents to clear out of the Blu-Bell motel in Colonie.
Police raided the motel last month because of what they say were serious code violations. When CBS6 crews stopped by on Tuesday, it appeared that the residents had complied with the order to move out.
The motel is owned by Alex Patel, the same man who owns the Skylane Motel on Central Avenue, which was recently shut down for similar violations. Patel's attorney told CBS6 that emptying out the motel prevents him from running his business. He wondered if that was the real point of the raid and subsequent order to evacuate.