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Colorado Springs apartment complex sends seniors packing


CRIED TODAY, BECAUSE THIS IS MY HOME.” ON THE CUSP OF THE WINTER SEASON… SENIOR CITIZENS ARE BEING FORCED OUT OF THEIR HOMES… NEWS FIVE IS GETTING ANSWERS ABOUT ELDERLY EVICTIONS IN COLORADO SPRINGS… HELLO AND THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR NEWS 5 AT 10. I’M ROB QUIRK… AND I’M ELIZABETH WATTS… FIRST TONIGHT,.. NEARLY 70 ELDERLY COLORADO SPRINGS RESIDENTS ARE TOLD TO LEAVE THEIR APARTMENTS IN 30 DAYS.. IT’S HAPPENING AT THE EMERALD TOWERS APARTMENTS WHICH HAS JUST BEEN SOLD TO A NEW OWNER — NEAR THE IVY WILD SCHOOL IN COLORADO SPRINGS. THAT’S WHERE WE FIND NEWS FIVE’S LENA HOWLAND LIVE NOW — AND LENA WHAT CAN YOU TELL US? THIS IS A 55 AND UP COMMUNITY… THAT MANY RESIDENTS HERE CONSIDERED TO BE THEIR FINAL HOME IN LIFE. THAT IS,… UNTIL, THEY GOT THIS LETTER ON THEIR FRONT DOOR LAST NIGHT — TELLING THEM TO LEAVE. OK RQ PKG :04 “SOMEONE HAS TAKEN AWAY MY HOME, ALL FOR MONEY” 82-YEAR-OLD MARILYN RUBRINGER — HAS LIVED HERE FOR EIGHT AND A HALF YEARS….. :02 “LIKE SOMEBODY HAD PUNCHED ME IN THE STOMACH” SHE FOUND THIS LETTER ON TAPED ON HER FRONT DOOR WEDNESDAY NIGHT — ALONG WITH ALL OF HER NEIGHBORS — WHICH SAID “THE OWNER OF EMERALD TOWERS HAS INSTRUCTED APARTMENT MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS REQUIRE THAT ALL RESIDENTS PERMANENTLY MOVE OUT SO THAT RENOVATIONS CAN BE COMPLETED” :08 “I’M A TOUGH LITTLE OLD LADY BUT I’VE CRIED LAST NIGHT AND I’VE CRIED TODAY BECAUSE THIS IS MY HOME” A TOUGH PILL TO SWALLOW FOR DOZENS OF THESE RESIDENTS IN THIS EIGHT-STORY COMPLEX. :06 “ROBERTA: I DIDN’T GET MUCH SLEEP LAST NIGHT BECAUSE I DIDN’T KNOW WHERE WE WERE GOING TO GO” :11 “CAMILLE: OH GOD IT’S AWFUL, I LOOKED FOR A YEAR TO FIND THIS PLACE COMING DOWN HERE FROM DENVER, AND SOME OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 49 YEARS, THEY’VE BEEN HERE SINCE THE DOORS OPENED” THEY WERE TOLD THE NEW MANAGEMENT IS OFFERING 500 DOLLARS IF TENANTS CAN MOVE OUT WITHIN 30 DAYS….. BUT THEY MUST MOVE WITHIN 60 DAYS. 11 “ROBERTA: IT JUST CAME AS A SHOCK, WE HEARD RUMORS THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE SOLD AND WE ASKED MANAGERS AND THEY SAID NO, NO” FOR A TWO BED, TWO BATH, RUBRINGER PAYS 785 DOLLARS A MONTH FOR RENT…. A PRICE THAT HASN’T GONE UP SINCE SHE FIRST MOVED IN. NOW… SHE’S LEFT SCRAMBLING TO FIND SOMETHING NEW. :05 “THEY SENT US OUT IN A MARKET THAT IS FLOODED AND THERE’S NO AVAILABILITY” :06 “ROBERTA: BUT THEN WE HAVE TO HAVE SOMEONE TO HELP US MOVE, HELP US PACK, YOU KNOW IT’S NOT EASY” IN THE LETTER — RESIDENTS WERE INVITED TO “REAPPLY” TO RENT A NEWLY RENOVATED HOME IN THEIR SO- CALLED “UPSCALE” COMMUNITY…. WHENEVER THOSE RENOVATIONS ARE COMPLETE. :07 “I WOULDN’T COME BACK HERE AND ASK THEM TO RENT A PLACE FOR ALL THE TEA IN CHINA” ALL AS THE TEMPERATURES ARE DROPPING… AND THE HOLIDAYS — RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. END SOT :07 “IT’S UNCONSIONABLE TO TREAT PEOPLE, MAYBLE LEGAL, BUT LEGAL BUT MORALLY, IT’S NOT NICE” WE REACHED OUT TO THE NEW MANAGERS IN CHARGE OF EMERALD TOWERS APARTMENTS… AND OUR CALLS HAVE NOT BEEN RETURNED. HOWEVER.., A COMPANY CALLED SHEFFLIN INVESTMENTS,.. WHICH OWNS FOUR HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS… HAS OFFERED TO STEP IN … AND PROVIDE HALF OFF THE FIRST MONTHS RENT… AND LOW DEPOSITS… TO KEEP EVERYONE’S MOVING EXPENSE BELOW A THOUSAND DOLLARS. WE WILL FOLLOWUP WITH THIS STORY TOMORROW. WATCHING OUT FOR YOU IN COLORADO SPRINGS, LENA HOWLAND, NEWS

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