SIKESTON - When Sikeston city officials forced the Malco Trio to lock its doors Oct. 5, no one was more surprised than company officials.
Jimmy Tashie, executive vice president of Malco Theaters, said he was totally amazed by the city's decision to shut down the business after determining the building had numerous code violations. The violations ranged from electrical problems to failure to have an automated fire sprinkler system to comply with the 2000 National Builders Code.
"We don't understand," said Tashie. "Sikeston just told us you are out of here after over 50 years."
Tashie said during a code inspection in September, a Malco representative accompanied the city official. The owner of the building, which is rented by Malco Theaters, is Central Realty. Central Realty did not have a representative at the inspection but was informed by a letter on Oct. 3 of the violations.
Many of the violations, Tashie said, would be easy to remedy. However, the sprinkler system improvements would require much more work.
Tashie pointed out earlier this year the developer presented a proposal to impose a 1-cent sales tax which would fund improvements to the Midtowner Village and the Malco's building. This proposal was not backed by the Sikeston City Council.
After learning of the code violations, Tashie said the Malco requested to be allowed to remain open as they worked toward solving the problems. He said they were told it must be done immediately.
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