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Residents move out of Bancroft, Eddy buildings

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(11/16/12) - One year ago, residents of two downtown Saginaw apartment buildings were told they had to move.

The Bancroft and Eddy buildings are being sold by the state, and will no longer be used for low income housing.

While speculation continues on who will buy the buildings, and what they will do with them, this is the week all residents have to be out.

"I've lived her for close to 14 years," said Cynthia Lewis.

When Lewis moved into the Eddy building in the late '90's, management told her 'don't expect to stay long,' that the building would be sold. This year, it finally happened.

"For a long time, I said I couldn't wait to get out of here, I can't wait to get out of here, so I guess it was kind of bittersweet," she said.

For Debra Carethers, who moved here 10 years ago, these last few days have been difficult.

"Kind of like the lost of loved ones here, because everyone got close. It's like losing family, because everyone went different ways," she said.

The Eddy Apartments and the Bancroft Apartments, two buildings that sit kitty-corner from each other in the heart of downtown Saginaw, have housed low-income residents since the 1970's.

More than 100 people have had to find new homes, which has meant good news for some businesses.

"It's been lucrative. The people have been good," said Quinton Dixon of  Global Cleaning and Maintenance.

Dixon has been busy, helping dozens of residents pack up and move their belongings.

"Everything has been going alright. I don't know how people here feel about losing their homes, whatever, but the people that we've been helping move, it's been great," he said.

"I'm anxious for this new chapter to start, and whatever happens to the building, if they do, they should renovate and I think they should let someone else enjoy it, because they are actually nice apartments," Lewis said.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is looking at several proposals from potential developers who would like to buy the buildings. A decision is expected soon.

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