Sky View Motel closes, town’s building official finds fire code violations

SUN photo/Ed Fincher Signs stapled to the door of unit 1 at the Sky View Motel explain that it is now illegal to occupy this building. Similar signs were placed on each unit by Pagosa Springs Building Official Zach Richardson last Friday after his fire code inspection revealed a number of safety violations, including exposed electrical wiring and a lack of functional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Residents of the motel had until Monday of this week to get out.

SUN photo/Ed Fincher
Signs stapled to the door of unit 1 at the Sky View Motel explain that it is now illegal to occupy this building. 

Anyone traveling up Put Hill in Pagosa Springs last weekend may have noticed bright orange and yellow signs on each door at the Sky View Motel.

A closer inspection would reveal these are “DANGER” signs, which state, “This building is deemed unsafe for human occupancy. Under section IFC 110.1.1 Unsafe of the building code of the City of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, it is unlawful for any person to occupy or reside in this building.”

The notice, which is signed by Pagosa Springs Building Official Zach Richardson and dated Oct. 16, also states, “Any unauthorized person removing this sign will be prosecuted.” The sign on unit 7 had already been removed when SUN staff took photos of the building yesterday morning.

For the rest of the units, the doors also displayed signs that stated, “Occupancy of the Skyview Motel must be evacuated not later than Monday, October 19, 2015, 12:00 Noon, Mountain Standard Time by order of the Town of Pagosa Springs Building Official/Fire Marshal.”

Below that was a notice to the motel’s customers with a number of suggestions for alternative housing options.

Due to the recent shortage in affordable housing, many local hotels have seen a significant increase in the number of people staying on a weekly or monthly basis until a more suitable place for rent opens up. It is possible that some of the Sky View’s customers were in this situation.

On Tuesday afternoon, Richardson and Town Manager Greg Schulte explained to SUN staff what led to the closure of the Sky View.

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This story was posted on October 22, 2015.

One Response to Sky View Motel closes, town’s building official finds fire code violations

  1. reality

    October 29, 2015 at 9:19 am

    If people can afford to live in a motel for a month they should be able to afford suitable housing. What motels have a bunch of people staying there because they cannot find housing. Even the cheapest motel at 50$ a night adds up to 1500$ a month.The Skyview has been a drug infested blight for years. Good riddance.