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Tenants of the Budget Inn in Homer, from left, Jeff Moshier, Wesley Warren, Janet Starr and Orman Burlingame mingle in the hotel’s parking lot Tuesday. They’re looking for new housing after the owner decided to close the inn.
Budget Inn owner closing motel
HOMER — The remaining eight residents of the Budget Inn were still at the motel Thursday afternoon as the motel’s owner earlier served them with papers saying they had to leave by the end of the day, one of the motel’s residents said.
Located at 4408 Route 11, the motel has been the site of numerous code violations.
Syracuse attorney Chris Fischer, who is representing the motel’s owner, Jeff Grodinsky of Commack, told Cortland County Department of Social Services June 16 that Grodinsky had decided to close the motel July 1, DSS Commissioner Kristen Monroe said June 17.
Grodinsky did not return a call for comment as of press time.
DSS had been paying for rooms for its clients in the past, but by the end of June, it no longer was providing this financial assistance, Monroe said.
At the end of June, the remaining tenants of the Budget Inn were served with papers notifying them they had until July 31 to leave the property, Fischer said Tuesday in an interview.