- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Residents living at an Anchorage motel face an uncertain future after the city seized the structure for the owner’s failure to pay property taxes.

The Anchorage Daily News (http://bit.ly/1blc16o) reports the municipality is taking over the Big Timber Motel across from Merrill Field.

City officials inspected the structure this week and found infestations of bedbugs and shrews.

The building was in violation of safety codes because it lacked heat and hot water. Tenants were keeping warm with space heaters and kitchen ovens.

About two dozen people live in the building and some have disabilities.

City spokeswoman Lindsey Whitt says owner Terry Stahlman owes $34,000 in back taxes.

Whitt says the city has to decide whether to issue eviction notices or fix the building. She says the matter is evolving.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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