Lookout Mountain Suites closing for renovations, tenants forced to move out
Lookout Mountain Suites tenants are being forced to find a new home.
Tenants got a notice saying they have to vacate the property by March 12th because of renovations.
“I'm scared. I do not have nowhere to go. What can I do in 30 days? I cannot find nowhere,” resident Sharon Dragg said.
Lookout Mountain Suites has been Dragg's home for four years. She says she got a letter Monday morning saying the building is being renovated and everyone has to move out.
“Four years of $800 a month. You have not said you're going to give me anything to move. You just asked us to move. With what? 30 days and it said [we have] to continue to keep paying,” Dragg said.
Channel 3 called the extended stay motel and spoke to a manager who confirmed tenants have to move out. We were not provided with any details about the renovations. The manager also would not tell us if residents will be allowed back after the work is complete.
Channel 3 also reached out to Mayor Andy Berke's office. His spokesperson sent this statement:
“Any time individuals in our community may experience homelessness as the result of a business closure or other unforeseen event, the City of Chattanooga and its partners will do everything we can to connect them with safe, sustainable permanent housing solutions as rapidly as possible. We will make ourselves available to the residents of Lookout Mountain Suites next month and we look forward to providing them with as much assistance as we can during this transition."
District 28 State Representative Yusuf Hakeem will meet with residents on Thursday at 2:30 pm. Lookout Mountain Suites is in Hakeem’s district. He has asked city officials to help find solutions.
In a press release, he said, "some individuals have been residing there for years, and are distraught because of the unexpected situation of losing their homes and not knowing where they will live. The City of Chattanooga has many valuable resources and I would like to assist in the process of helping residents navigate the process during this difficult time. I can personally attest to the phenomenal work has been done to combat homelessness under the administration of Mayor Berke and that this is an issue he takes very seriously."
Dragg is calling out for help.
I'm scared and I'm mad,” she said. “Help us because we need it.”