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Roseville Hotel Condemned; Elderly, Disabled Told To Vacate

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ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — Residents of the Roseville Hotel are looking for new homes after necessary repairs were not made and it was deemed unsafe.

The hotel is a very old building in the historic area of the city. Most residents are either elderly or disabled, and some have lived there for years.

If those residents aren’t out by Monday, they could be forced out by police.

“This is totally out of line,” said Craig Hunter. “This is excessive.”

People who live in the hotel have until Monday to pack up their lives and find a new place to live.

Hunter says most of the people who live there are disabled or elderly and don’t have a lot of money.

Building manager Cathy Ell says the city’s too focused on legal risks and not the people inside.

“The city is more worried about somebody suing them if something happens,” she said. “I’m more worried about the people and where they are going to go.”

During the most recent annual inspection, the city says it found several issues they say make it too dangerous to live in, including a leaky roof, electrical and plumbing problems and plaster falling from the ceiling.

“It is a safety issue, and we want to protect the citizens and the residents of that building, and right now it’s not in the condition where they would be safe,” said Gene Paolini with the city.

But is the city allowed to only give people just days to leave their homes?

“That’s why we gave them the 72 hours,” he said. “We understand that it’s going to create a hardship, and we wanted to make sure they had time to make accommodations.”

Ell says she’s not only out of a home, but also a job. And she, like so many others at Roseville Hotel, has nowhere else to go.

“It’s going to put all of us out on the street, that’s what it’s going to do,” he said.

The city says they can give anywhere from 24 hours to 30 days notice when there is a health and safety issue, depending on the condition of the building.

The building’s owner says he’s working with many of the residents to find other housing options and working with the city to make repairs.

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