Residents of Red Pine Estates Apartment ordered to vacate, volunteers sought to help move tenants

Residents of Red Pine Estates were ordered to vacate by tomorrow due to structural concerns, and a group of volunteers has been working against the clock to get these tenants moved.

According to a release from the City of Bemidji, the order to vacate comes from the building inspector after assessments by two structural engineers.

The vacation of the Red Pine Estates apartment building must be complete by tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Boxes brought to the main lobby of the apartment building for the move-out.

“Rally for Red Pine” Volunteer Coordinator Cynthia Tesar says packing materials, helping hands, and monetary donations are urgently needed to help the elderly tenants of this income-based apartment building.

On Friday, the City said the owners have been working diligently to ensure the safety of their tenants.

The release also says the City requires people who do not have a need to be at the building to not enter it, due to the concerns of added load on the structure.

The Rally for Red Pine crew established a GoFundMe page for the many tenants who still need a place to store belongings and find housing.


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