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Residents at hotel getting kicked out

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PARK HILLS, KY (FOX19) - The Den Lou Motel is a nuisance or an eyesore to many living in Park Hills. However, to nearly 20 people, it's home.

But in six days, the people living there could find themselves out on the street.

"This is a family here, we take care of each other, we check on each other every night," said resident Michelle McWhorter.

Park Hills Police are shutting down the Den Lou, and the permanent residents have to be out by Wednesday, Sept. 23. Police are blaming the owner.

"City violations have occurred and piled up," said Park Hills Police Chief Rick Smith.

The Den Lou doesn't offer a lot of luxury. The rooms are small and rundown, but it's enough for these residents. Some of them are on disability, while others are out of work.

"All we want is answers," said McWhorter. "If we have to go, we're fine with that, but we need time."

Residents say the community's perception of the motel and negative feelings from the city is why this is happening.

"It has nothing to do with the people down there right now," said Smith. "It has to do with Mr. Kenneth Wolfe and the way he's keeping his property and the violations he has occurred over the last year."

The Den Lou residents say they will be in court Friday morning appealing the decision to put them out on the street.

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