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Wimmer Meets With Residents Living In Park East Apartments About Flood Buyout

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Tenants of a Fargo apartment building wanted relief, but the answers they got still have them concerned.

Fargo Commissioner Brad Wimmer sat down with concerned tenants at the Park East Apartment, who just found out they'll have to move to make room for an inner-city flood project.

Wimmer is backing that project and running for Mayor in June. Today he explained why almost 200 residents will most likely need to find a new home.

"We have only lived here one year, ya know,” says Frank Bancroft, who lives in the Park East Apartment building, “But we had plans of staying here much longer than that."

On Monday residents got a letter saying the building was most likely going to be bought out.

"This is a big loss, some for 20 years, there's one gal that's been here 30 years," says Bancroft.

And since then residents say it's been all rumors and gossip of what's going to happen.

"They just could not find a way to save this building from the flood control project," says Fargo Commissioner Brad Wimmer.

Wimmer says flood protection can be painful, so he's here trying to clear things up.

"You are really protecting the bulk of the downtown, and the residents on the north side," says Wimmer.

Questions filled the room, some worried that they would have to be out in 90 days.

"Nothing is going to happen until the city acquires the property," says Wimmer.

The city is going to negotiate with owners of the building, Roers Construction.

"Realistically from today we are probably out, 9 months to 2 years," says Wimmer.

Others asking what happen to their lease when they want to leave, and they say it's hard finding somewhere affordable.

"There's a better way as a city to handle the processes, and we are going to work hard on that," says Wimmer, explaining they could have done a better job with the letter. Wimmer says the letters they received didn't really have answers, and that's what he tried to provide today.

"It's going to be a big adjustment, simplistically you have to say that's the way the cookie crumbles, but it's difficult you know," says Bancroft

Wimmer says he wants to have another meeting with residents. A specialist will be coming in to help residents relocate. But, if anyone moves out now they will not be eligible for moving expenses.
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