Tuesday, July 8 2014, 06:20 PM EDT
Eastgate Seniors Told to Pay Up or Get Out
New management is forcing one local senior center to pay up or get out.
Having a place to spend her day means the world to 68-year-old Connie Briggs. "Being sociable at this age is so important. I've met people that I've never would have met that I call friends." For Briggs that only happens three times a week when she's able to make it to the east gate senior center. But soon, that's all going to change.
The city of Chattanooga has been allowed to house this senior center inside of Eastgate mall completely free of rent. But recently, new management came forward demanding 15,000 a month or telling the seniors to find a new place to have social activity.
Senior center administrator Lurone "Coach" Jennings tells us "for the last several years, two decades, we have not had to pay anything for the space. New management has come in and decided to charge us lease payments."
Retired adults that frequent the center were given this unsigned note telling them that they would have to find a new place to socialize. With three weeks left until the lease expires, residents feel like they've been left behind the eight ball. "You are interacting with somebody. Other than the television and the computer to know that you can actually go out and go out with somebody," adds Briggs.