KAYSVILLE -- The 25 remaining residents of the Far West Motel have received a verbal eviction notice date of July 20, says the motel's owner.
The 44-year-old motel at 410 N. Main St. will be demolished in August to make room for a $6.5 million townhouse development on the 2.9-acre site.
The townhouse project, being developed by Destination Homes of Layton, received final approval June 21 from the Kaysville City Council, said Brad Wilson, Destination Homes president and CEO.
On June 20, the motel manager verbally delivered to tenants a traditional 30-day eviction notice, said Mark Cummings, motel owner.
Most of the tenants, who publicly expressed concern to the Standard-Examiner about the amount of notice they would receive, already have moved out of the motel, Cummings said.
Wilson said he is expecting to close on a land deal with Cummings by late July and start making improvements to the site in August. He said that work will include demolition of the motel.
"We will be moving forward pretty soon," Wilson said.
Destination Homes hopes to go vertical with its first multistory building on the site in August, with the intent of having its first two models -- a two-story and a three-story townhouse structure -- in place by the end of this year.
In gaining an interest in the motel property, Wilson said, he was surprised to find people were living there on a long-term basis. As a result, he said, he has made an extra effort to communicate with the tenants about what his plans are so they can make other arrangements.
"Some of us have to stay until the end because we have no choice," said 55-year-old Jim Rae, who has lived there for eight months and has yet to give much thought to where he will go.
"These people are good people, but they haven't got the finances to come up with that first and last month's rents," Rae said of the tenants' being able to move into another apartment.
Rae said he is disappointed tenants have yet to have a conversation with Cummings. With the exception of the motel owner informing tenants of the July 20 eviction date through the motel manager, Rae said, they have had no contact with him.
Yet, Rae is still holding out hope Cummings will meet with tenants before their eviction.
Regarding those living in the motel demanding Cummings provide them a 30-day eviction notice -- though he wasn't required to do so because they are motel tenants, not apartment tenants -- Rae said, "Maybe we made people aware of the situation, and maybe that is all we needed to do."