An Albuquerque judge has ruled not to shut down the Sahara Motel just yet.
Back in February, the city filed a lawsuit against the owner to shut the motel down claiming it had become a magnet for crime.
After an evidentiary hearing Monday, Judge Allen Malott ruled that closing down the motel wouldn’t alleviate crime in the area.
Instead, he ruled that a ‘special master’ would be appointed to work with the city and the owner to come up with a management plan to better run the property.
They only have 60 days to make improvements before the judge re-examines the motel’s fate.