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Madison Co. court order evicts dozens of tenants from hotel

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GODFREY. Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Dozens of people are out of their homes in the Alton area, and not by their choice, but because of their safety.

A Madison County court order gave those people 10 days to the leave the Hiway House Motor Inn. By Friday at 5 p.m., all tenants had to be out. 

One of the last tenants to move out on Friday afternoon was Joe Nance. He'd be living there for the last five months and didn't have any issues with the building.

"It's alright to live here, I mean this room is alright. I don't have problems," said Nance.

He packed all his belongings into his nephew's car, but does not have any new place to move to yet.

"I didn't even have plans. They came at the last minute and told me," said Nance. 

Godfrey Mayor, Mike McCormick, says the conditions of the building were not safe, pointing to black mold and exposed wires.

"I saw pictures that I haven't seen before from the Madison County Health Department showing so much mold, even mold growing on some of the mattresses and it was just deplorable," said McCormick. 

However, Nance said he never saw any mold in his unit.

"You can look around, there ain't no mold in this room," said Nance. 

Harjeed Singh runs the Hiway House Motor Inn with his wife. He says that the court order is not costing him, after he claims to have already put money into the building.

"More than $200,000 for fixing everything," said Singh. 

The Madison County Court gave the Village of Godfrey permission to demolish the building as early as December. Mayor McCormick tells News 4 that the land is owned by Wells Fargo Bank. For now, it will be up to Wells Fargo to decide what happens to the land after the inn is knocked down. The Village of Godfrey has been helping the former tenants find alternative housing options. 

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