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Economy Inn Residents Face Eviction in El Dorado

The Economy Inn in El Dorado has offered month to month rentals to residents for years. But Friday, more than 80-people are being kicked out of their homes.

EL DORADO, AR. - The Economy Inn in El Dorado has offered month to month rentals to residents for years. 

But Friday, more than 80-people are being kicked out of their homes.

“We have nowhere to go,” said property manager, Mary Ridgell.  She tells KTVE-10 News the owner of the Inn failed to inform anyone of the January 8th notice from the City.

“All of the sudden they come yesterday and ask me why was I still on this premises?” she adds. “I said ‘what? I’m working!’ they said, ‘no we’re not working.’”

One resident let us inside where the light fixture didn’t work, and there was damage to the shower.

“There’s never any hot water in there, every once in a blue moon you get a hot shower.”

Some are already packing, while others don’t know where they’ll go come Friday.

“This is my job and my house, so I have no job no more. And now I have no where to live. And all the residents, they have no where to go and that’s not fair,” adds Ridgell.

This week, South Arkansas Community College bought the Economy Inn from its owner. The University says the City had found various code violations at the property and the owner did not want to renovate the building

“Anytime there are properties within close proximity to the college, we always weight the value of whether or not we want to pursue it,” said SouthArk President Dr. Barbara Jones.

According to school officials, the college has no say in the eviction dispute, nor are they asking anyone to leave.

Initial reports were that the college is going to make this property a parking lot, the president says those plans are not concrete.

“We haven’t made any set plans for the space,” adds Jones.

Back at the Inn, residents are asking for a one-week extension.

Both Alderman Willie McGee and Tony Henry say they’ll bring the matter up at the next city council meeting, tonight at 5pm.

 

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