Chicopee hotels given more time for zone violation

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The 22News I-Team has just learned that three hotels in Chicopee that have been housing homeless families have been granted an extension to comply with city ordinance.

Hotel managers met with their lawyer Wednesday morning and worked out an extension with the city.

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos’ spokesman, Joel McAuliffe, told the I-Team that they have been granted an extension through May 15.

On that day, the lawyers representing the hotels will meet with the city attorney, as well as city building and fire officials.

The City of Chicopee notified the Quality Inn, Days Inn and Econolodge that they are in violation of city zoning ordinances. In Chicopee, hotels that have people staying over more than 30 days are classified as a “lodging house,” and therefore require a sprinkler system.

The hotels had 30 days to decide whether they will add the sprinklers or remove the families. That 30 day period ends this week, but now, with the extension, they have more time.

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