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Magnuson Hotel to remain open for at least two weeks

Posted: 12:45 PM, Sep 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-13 16:45:41Z

A Lansing judge is giving homeless residents of the Magnuson Hotel at least two weeks to find a new place to live.

In a hearing Tuesday, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge James Jamo listened to arguments from both the City of Lansing and defense attorneys for the hotel. Judge Jamo had issued a temporary restraining order on September 1st to stop the hotel from kicking out residents by September 12th.

The judge ruled that the temporary restraining order will continue.

The hotel's residents will have to continue to pay rent, and the hotel will have to accept their payments.

The arrangement also includes people who work for the hotel in exchange for housing. The court will consider the matter again in two weeks at another hearing.

The city argued it needs time to help find new residences for up to 93 residents of the hotel.

Lawyers for the Magnuson owners say the hotel can't afford to continue housing the homeless residents because of increasing utility costs.