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Branson’s 76 Inn may close if its owners do not comply with city regulations.
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Branson’s 76 Inn may close if its owners do not comply with city regulations.

Branson motel faces closure as guests are relocated

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An extended stay motel in Branson is facing closure as its long-term guests are being relocated to other properties.

The city issued the 76 Inn owners a closure notice, effective April 18, after White River Valley Electric Cooperative on Monday shut off power to the 2330 W. 76 Country Blvd. property. City and community partners worked with White River Valley Electric to temporarily turn the power back on as plans to move out the tenants were put in place, according to information provided by Branson spokeswoman Melody Pettit.

The deal is complicated, starting with the ownership of the motel, which Pettit described as “in flux.” She provided March 21 written documentation from the former owner, Arvid Hvidsten, who said he sold 76 Inn to Marco Kozlowski in December. Pettit said the city has been in contact with the new owner via email, but the property does not currently have an active business license.

The potential closure is due to noncompliance with city ordinances and health codes. Online reviews of 76 Inn point to problems with insects and drug use.

“The city is currently trying to work with the owners to get the motel in good standing,” Pettit said in an email. “If the owners fix all items on the list of things they have to fix — including health code issues, city issues, etc. —  then the motel will not close by the target date.”

When the motel’s power was shut off Monday, 50 rooms were occupied, some with children and older residents.

Jesus Was Homeless, the Salvation Army and city and county officials are among those helping transition the guests from 76 Inn.

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