GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Residents at a Greenville County motel worried they’d be forced out in the cold after deputies gathered at the Economy Inn on Augusta Road Tuesday morning.
County officials worry the building attracts crime, but people now say they’re afraid of losing their home.
Those who live at the Economy Inn say they’ve seen their fair share of trouble, and many of them say they’re not sure if they’ll have a place to live.
For Torrance Evans, the Economy Inn has been home for a few years. Now he’s worried he’ll lose his home because of an unexpected knock on his door early Tuesday morning.
“You put your money into a room and I don’t want to get kicked out. This is the only place I’ve been and all I know and I can afford during these times,” said Evans.
Bob Mihalic, with the Greenville County Governmental Affairs office, said code enforcement showed up at the complex as a response to a complaint. He declined to go on camera, but said no action was taken as of noon, Tuesday afternoon.
A recent shooting at the Economy Inn left one woman dead and local law enforcement wants the motel closed. County Commissioner Ennis Fant said the Tuesday visit by code enforcement was just to make an assessment of the facility.
The rent is $50 dollars a day, $210 dollars a week, which must be paid in advance, so if anything happens to cut short a renters stay that money may be lost.
“It’s people with kids out here, could y’all please help us, just don’t throw us out there and have us with no where to stay. It’s just too cold out here,” Evans said.
Commissioner Fant says when it’s time to close the motel permanently, residents will get 30 days notice and the county will have resources available to help them find a place to live.