SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– The Lurvey Courts in north Springfield is one of the last remaining motor courts along historic Route 66 but now, after years of neglect and in the face of demolition, the old hotel seems to have started the transition from mainstay to memory.
What was once a gem of the Mother Road is today a rundown collection of stone motel buildings covered in overgrown trees and shrubs.
The six buildings that stood proudly along Kearney Street can, today, only be seen in the pieces sticking out from that uncleared land.
According to Harlan Hill with the City of Springfield’s Building Development Services, that shroud of brush is enough cover to attract the city’s homeless population.
“Those structures do meet our definition for a dangerous building,” Hill told KOLR10 reporter Nyzah McDonald. “They are open and vacant and there has been evidence of vagrants and homeless utilizing those structures.”
If everything goes as planned, the motor court is set to be demolished sometime before the end of April.
It shouldn’t be torn down any later than May.