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Displaced Chinatown Residents Continue To Demand Compensation

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Some Chinatown residents are continuing to demand compensation after they say they were forced out of their homes to make way for a new hotel.

The group Asian Americans for Equality said eight families lost their homes when their building on Hester Street was demolished.

They say the building's owner intentionally neglected it in order to force the city to order it be torn down.

The new hotel, which has the same owner, went up next door.

"We're still waiting for a fair and just compensation offer for the over eight families that have been displaced by this hotel development," said Peter Gee of Asian Americans for Equality.

"These families, many of whom have lived in the Chinatown community for many years some even for decades, many of them are seniors," said community activist Julie Menin. "Some of them are the city's most vulnerable population. We're here in solidarity to make sure the developer in this situation does the right thing."

A lawyer for the building's owner denied the residents' claims and said the state never ordered the owner to pay the tenants' relocation fees.

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