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September 20, 2019

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Evictions delayed for some Stratosphere neighbors

Evictions won't proceed in the neighborhood behind the Stratosphere resort in order to allow residents time to meet with casino officials and attorneys to discuss deadlines and compensation.

Residents of the Meadows Village area and Paradise Roads Apartments began receiving eviction notices recently, as property owners prepared to sell the land to the Stratosphere resort for an eventual expansion. The hotel and high-rise tower are slated to open in April.

On Tuesday evening, dozens of residents packed a standing-room-only meeting at the Chester Stupak community center to hear Clark County Legal Services attorney Barbara Buckley discuss the notices.

So many people attended that the meeting was rescheduled for 6 p.m. next Tuesday at the Culinary Union Hall, 1630 S. Commerce St.

In the meantime, however, evictions will stop, Buckley said. "Everything's on hold until next Tuesday," she said.

Stratosphere Corp. Chairman Bob Stupak, who came to the meeting and spoke to reporters outside, said he would help displaced residents who couldn't find a new place soon enough.

"If anybody gets real stuck, I'll find him a place for another couple of weeks," Stupak said.

But, he said, he still intended to buy the land from the owners who were willing to sell, comparing the deal to the one English settlers made with Indians on Manhattan Island that resulted in the Indians being forced out. "This is progress, too," he said.

Buckley said residents of Meadows Village were being offered $500 per unit in relocation costs but that Paradise Roads residents weren't getting anything. She said in a similar situation two years ago, residents met with Stratosphere and Las Vegas officials to work out compensation.

"The benefits package worked very well last time. Why won't it work this time?" she asked.

Any deal that comes, however, will be too late for people who have already moved, like Doug Adams and his wife, Nora Magarro. Adams got a 24-hour eviction notice March 11 and moved Thursday, saying the stress was too much on his wife.

"It wasn't fair. I came home from work and there was a 24-hour notice on the door," he said.

But Adams found a new apartment at Lake Mead Boulevard and Pecos Road, where the rent is $25 cheaper but where he has to pay utilities. "It's a lot nicer place," he said. "I'm a lot happier."

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