It’s obvious to all of us that the owners have long since written us off. In February, the entire building was without hot water for 28 days. Since the sale was announced, we’ve had pretty much zero response to our maintenance requests.
We’re doing our best to get out by November like we were told, but it feels impossible. Rent is so much higher everywhere else than what we currently pay. Then there’s the deposit, plus first and last month’s rent to move in. The current owner is not making it any easier either. We’re only moving because we were told to, but she’s making us give a 30-day notice or she keeps the security deposit. Of the few people who have already moved out, I don’t know of anyone who got their deposit back. Either they didn’t give proper notice or it supposedly wasn’t clean enough. If you’re not re-renting the apartment and are just going to renovate it into hotels, why does any of that matter?
So far, most of the publicity about the sale of Anthony Wayne has been positive, and I want people to know that there’s a dark side to this sale. Real people are being displaced from their homes by this process, with nowhere to go despite our best efforts to find somewhere. I don’t understand how the City can provide millions of dollars to help a corporate developer draw tourists in, but nothing to help us ordinary folks who are part of the Hamilton community. We’re basically being given the option of living under the bridge across the road.
We need help. We’re not asking for much (certainly not $3 million dollars), but just enough to give us a fair shot in all of this.
Karyn Ginn has been a resident of the Anthony Wayne building for nearly three years.
Housing affordability in the Miami Valley
As rents continue to climb across the region and many local residents find themselves working in occupations that on average do not pay enough for them to afford modest rental units, affordable housing is becoming an increasingly important issue for our communities and communities across the nation.
New housing and commercial developments are planned across our region and each one sparks heated debate among residents who will live near them, the developers of these projects and civic leaders who must balance the needs of existing residents with growing the local economy and attracting newcomers.