Maywood to Tenants: Get Out in 24 Hours

Flooding was the last straw for that building already in foreclosure, carrying code violations

By Charlie Wojciechowski
|  Friday, Jul 30, 2010  |  Updated 6:30 PM CDT
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Residents of the red brick apartment building at the corner of Lexington and 5th Avenue in Maywood were given just 24 hours to pack up their belongings and move

Residents of the red brick apartment building at the corner of Lexington and 5th Avenue in Maywood were given just 24 hours to pack up their belongings and move

As they drag their belongings to the curbsde and to waiting U-Haul trucks, residents of a four story apartment in Maywood still can't understand why they are being asked to leave so quickly.

"They told us last night we have 24 hours to get out," said Rachelle Jones as she carries a drawer full of clothing.

Residents of the red brick building at dthe corner of Lexington and 5th Avenue said an already bad building was made worse bý last weekend's floodíng. To complicate matters, the building itself is in forclosure.

Village officials have posted signs around the property saying the building is condemned and unfit for human habitation.  Many of the 30 units in the building are without electricity.  Even more lack running water.

Contractors hired by the building's new owners are on site and waiting tour the hallways and see what repairs need to be made. That doesn't change the fact that as many as two dozen families will have to find someplace else to live.

An area church and the American Red Cross has stepped up to assist in relocating as many as 70 people.

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