Martin seniors fighting eviction

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

April 24, 2014

MARTIN — An attorney for Martin Area Senior Citizens says the group has no plans to comply with an eviction notice delivered by the Housing Authority of Martin, calling the attempted eviction “unconscionably cruel.”

Ned Pillersdorf, who is representing the senior citizens, said the group recently received a letter evicting the group from its current headquarters, for paying its $1-a-year lease six weeks late. Pillersdorf said the payment was due Feb. 1 and was paid March 10.

Despite the letter, Pillersdorf says the group has no plans to search for new digs.

“They have advised us we need to vacate the premises,” Pillersdorf said. “We have no plans to vacate the premises.”

Pillersdorf said the seniors have invested $125,000 in renovations to the center, which gives the group some say over its fate.

“We take the position that we’re essentially co-owners of the building,” Pillersdorf said.

Requests for comment from the Housing Authority of Martin were referred to Martin Mayor Sam Howell and attorney Doug Adams, neither of which could be reached as of press time.

For now, Pillersdorf said the group plans to stay put. The Housing Authority’s next move, should it wish to continue pursuing eviction, would be to take the senior citizens to court.

“I wish them the best of luck taking this to a jury trial,” Pillersdorf said with an air of defiance.

As for why the Housing Authority was seeking to break ties with the seniors, Pillersdorf said he couldn’t — and wouldn’t — speculate.

“It’s Floyd County, and I’m sure there’s probably some mysterious political agenda behind it, and I don’t care,” Pillersdorf said. “I’m more concerned about these folks.”