Fayetteville woman moves into tent in woods after motel suddenly shut down

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – People left homeless after a Fayetteville motel shut down say they’re running out of options. 

City leaders said the Boulevard Motel on Bragg Boulevard is unsafe. The power was shut off this week after electrical and plumbing problems weren’t fixed. 

The property owner and management shut down the motel because of the problems. There were close to 40 people forced out. 

Donna Jackson was one of them. She’s been living in a tent in the woods. 

“It’s terrifying at night. It’s freezing,” Jackson said. “We were paying someone every week to stay there just about every week. You can’t save up to get into a home.” 

Mickey Thomas, on the other hand, stayed in the motel for the last couple nights with no power and no one else there. He’s frustrated that it’s come to this. 

“You just can’t do this. You can not do this,” Thomas said. “If it was a life-threatening imminent danger, then why in the hell didn’t they cut it off to begin with?”

“With this instance, there were hazards present, but not to the point that would see at a fire that would have already damaged that system, ” said Michael Martin, the city’s assistant development services director. 

Martin said the problems at the motel are some of the most serious of the buildings inspected every year. 

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