Eviction of senior center rescinded

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

April 29, 2014

MARTIN — The signs were ready and so were the participants. But just hours before a scheduled picket to protest the eviction of the Martin Senior Citizens Center, the group received word that they were no longer under threat of removal.

Attorney Ned Pillersdorf, who has been representing the seniors, said he received notification Tuesday morning that the eviction had been rescinded at the request of Martin Mayor Sam Howell, following an emergency meeting of the Housing Authority earlier in the day.

The seniors received a notice of eviction from the center last week, Pillersdorf said, after they paid their $1-a-year lease payment six weeks late.

Despite the notice, Pillersdorf said the seniors had no plans to vacate the building. He said last week that the seniors felt they had some ownership stake in the building, after spending $125,000 to renovate the building, which included the addition of a kitchen used for the center’s meals program.