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Metropolis Closes White Sands Motel that it bought final yr

Town of Myrtle Seashore deemed the town owned White Sands Motel unsafe this previous Monday, leaving greater than 20 households and residents homeless.

The motel is positioned within the seventh Avenue block. That is the very block that the Metropolis of Myrtle Seashore has been buying properties over the previous two years. Town of Myrtle Seashore bought the White Sands Motel final yr below the Oceanfront Redevelopment Challenge and leased it again to the previous proprietor for yet one more season.

The Circumstances

After a plumbing concern, code enforcement shut down the White Sands Motel alongside Ocean Boulevard.

On account of the sudden order, many households, together with these with younger youngsters and kids with disabilities, have been uncertain the place to show.

One residents says she has lived within the motel along with her husband for 4 years. Her husband, Eddy, has just one leg, and he or she is unable to push him in a wheelchair due to her personal well being points.

By order of the town’s code enforcement workforce, the property was completely closed on Monday because of water and sewer points that rendered it uninhabitable.

It’s two weeks sooner than deliberate, and Kruea stated “there was no different various.” One various, nevertheless, would have been to well timed shut the motel after it was bought final yr giving the residents who lived right here time to relocate. This unforced error falls solely on the Metropolis of Myrtle Seashore.

“Solely 10 rooms within the White Sands have been occupied, at most, and the town is aiding tenants with short-term housing,” Kruea stated. “The White Sands will probably be demolished, as we now have carried out with different properties we bought between Sixth and Eighth Avenues North lately.”

Brian Tucker, assistant metropolis supervisor, informed WMBF Information that the town was unaware of the tenants’ residing circumstances. Town owned the property, nevertheless, it clearly was not making certain accountability on the location.

Bouchra Baihoum, the proprietor of the motel, additionally didn’t clarify to the town that residents have been paying weekly for long-term housing.