ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — Residents living at the Mosley Motel have until Monday to leave the property after the new owners served eviction notices to all the tenants last week.
The motel has served as housing for low income families for decades. Altis Cardinal of Miami bought the property, located on 34th street N., from the previous owner who was fighting foreclosure.
According to St. Petersburg city officials, the new owners plan to demolish the old building and turn it into a new development. People who have lived here for years, must be off the property by 8 a.m. Monday morning.
The situation has left some to scram at the last minute.
The motel has been Deanna Stafford’s home since June. But now, she’s forced to find another place to live. “I think it’s wrong, putting families and their children,” said Stafford.
“The new owner told a bunch of people that he was guarantee us a house or a new apartment and he’s just like throwing us out in the road,” said Stafford.
“We’ve been able to get most of them into permanent housing, getting out of a tiny motel room and somewhere they can live,” said Cliff Smith, Social Services Mgr. with the city of St. Petersburg.
Space has been reserved at local shelters for those who have nowhere to go.
Smith said, “Anytime you go through change and if you’ve been living here for a long time, that has to be a little bit upsetting and I understand that and people’s nerves are on edge tonight.”
Representatives from Social Services, Animal Control and the sheriff’s office, will be at the motel Monday morning to assist residents who need help.