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Colonie motel owner facing 460 new violations

COLONIE - The owner of two motels along Central Avenue was hit with hundreds of new violations Thursday after code enforcement searched the property earlier this year and said they found significant problems, including multiple holes in the floor, a frozen toilet and electrical issues.

The town charged the owner of the Blu-Bell Motel, Arjun Patel and his company Poonam, Inc., with 418 violations.

"They were merited charges. There were significant issues in each room. No room had fewer than seven major violations, said Asst. Town Attorney Rebekah Kennedy. It really ran the gamut from major fire violations to major structural issue such as lack of flooring."

Late last year, code enforcement searched Patels Skylane motel after a resident fell through the floor. He and his company Santoshi Corp were later charged with more than 250 violations and the town tacked on 42 more on Thursday.

"The Blu-Bell was certainly worse than the Skylane. It had 160 more violations in the first round of tickets and it's a different level of violation than at the Skylane," said Kennedy.
The investigation at the Blu-Bell started when investigators say someone saw Patel doing significant repairs without a permit.

"New flooring was put down, but it was put down over rotting joints, that sort of thing. Thats an issue for us. Regardless if the flooring is new; it's not going to hold up, said Kennedy. It's more of the fact that he's been blatant about his code violations and his disregard for our code that has created the problem."

An attorney for Patel said his client hadn't been served yet and declined to comment. Patel is scheduled to appear in court on March 6.
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