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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Department of Health Shuts Down Aurora Motel

posted by on March 20 at 13:24 PM


120th and Aurora

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) shut down the Orion Motel on the 17th because building conditions posed “an immediate threat to guests.”


According to the DOH:

Conditions in the motel rooms include non-working smoke detectors; mold; unsanitary mattresses; unsafe exposed electrical wiring; unsanitary floors, walls, and fixtures; and other unsanitary conditions.

Just how unsanitary was the Orion Motel?

From the Puget Sound Business Journal:

“[one] unit was filthy, the entire bathroom was cluttered, (unkempt), grimy and covered in crud and food splash. The shower basin was coated with a thick layer of dark-colored crud, grime and soap scum.”

In another unit, the inspector found “mold was growing on the walls in the bathroom next to the toilet and along the vanity cabinet.” And in another unit, the inspector found “the mattress and box spring was stained badly with what appeared to be body fluids.”

The Orion Motel’s owners have 20 days to appeal the closure.

Photo via Flickr.

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I bet Larry Craig would LOVE to hook up there! SEXY!!!

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 20, 2008 1:27 PM

Are you sure that wasn't my apartment they were looking at?

Posted by Elvis | March 20, 2008 1:31 PM

Does this actually come as a surprise to anyone?

Posted by Hernandez | March 20, 2008 1:41 PM

hmmmm....this is one of the few Aurora Avenue roach motels that I HAVEN'T stayed in...

they do have a certain...charm.

Posted by michael strangeways | March 20, 2008 2:03 PM

Great, just great. NOW where am I going to chase the dragon?

Posted by Ferk | March 20, 2008 2:16 PM

May I recommend the Sun Inn?

Posted by a lady | March 20, 2008 2:27 PM

I live two blocks off Aurora. When I saw this headline I pictured about ten different motels to which the post could apply. There are about six other motels on that strip that seem dirtier than the Orion.

Posted by Bub | March 20, 2008 3:30 PM

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