Bernero: Magnuson plan “Heartless, Reckless and Reprehensible”; gets injunction

UPDATE: 4:55 p.m. – Ingham County Circuit Court Judge James Jamo has issued a Temporary Restraining Order against the Magnuson Hotel and set a hearing date of Tuesday, September 13 at 10 a.m.

According to Mayor Virg Bernero chief of staff Randy Hannan the order notes that the “Defendants…are enjoined and restrained until further order of this court from creating and continuing a public nuisance by evicting the residents at the Magnuson Hotel.”

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Lansing mayor Virg Bernero says the city has filed an emergency injunction to block the relocation of nearly 100 people from the Magnuson Hotel.

The injunction, filed late Thursday in Ingham County Circuit Court, is asking the court to block the eviction for up to 120 days.

Bernero says the additional time is needed to develop a plan to find shelter for the people who are currently sheltered in the Magnuson Hotel.

“The Magnuson’s plan to evict everyone with less than two weeks’ notice is heartless, reckless and reprehensible. If it isn’t already, it should be illegal,” Mayor Bernero said.

On Monday the owner of the Magnuson Hotel said the building was going to be shut down for remodeling and everyone in the hotel had to be out by September 12.

Tuesday Bernero declared a local housing emergency that would make residents eligible for priority placement at federally-funded public housing units managed by the Lansing Housing Commission.

Currently the properties managed by the Lansing Housing Commission are 97 percent occupied and cannot accommodate all of the Magnuson residents.

Efforts are underway to find alternative housing for the people who live in the Magnuson Hotel as part of the Homeless Angels non-profit program.

That group assists in providing shelter for people who would otherwise be homeless.

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