SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — People living at the Marshall Hotel in Downtown Sacramento received eviction notices on Wednesday to make way for a new Sacramento Kings arena.

About 50 low-income residents will have less than two months to find a new home to live after a City Council vote on Tuesday.

Some would call the area a block of blight with the Marshall Hotel as its anchor.

The hotel on Seventh Street at the foot of the new arena site catered to low-income residents, but attracting other activity.

“There’s drug addicts in there,” said resident Jason Seiba. “Quite a few of them.”

He lives at the hotel, but not for much longer. The City Council approved a plan effectively evicting nearly 60 people living in the hotel to make way for a major overhaul of the building in advance of a new Sacramento Kings arena.

“It’s kind of good, but kind of sad, because basically it needs a facelift,” Seiba said. “I mean inside is not that great to live in.”

Michael Ault with the Downtown Partnership says the hotel’s owners plan to transform the historic property most likely into a boutique hotel, and it proves that businesses are confident this area is ready to transform.

“It’s got the potential to be a real dynamic property,” Ault said. “We’re excited about the environment. We all should be focused not just on the building, but the district around the building.”

One of the first will likely not be the last.

Residents served eviction notices will be offered up to $2,400 for help relocating to a new home.


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