Hunters Ridge apartments set to close in 2019
Hunters Ridge, Utah (Reuters) – An apartment complex in a remote Utah ranch community is set to shut its doors in 2019 after years of declining occupancy.
The Hunters Ridge Apartments in nearby Payson, about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Salt Lake City, is home to about 2,000 people, and was a popular hangout among retirees in the 1950s and ’60s.
Owner Ken Laughlin, a retired airline pilot, said in a statement that his tenants will no longer be able to live there.
“We have had a very difficult period of time with our tenants,” he said.
“They have become a bit of an embarrassment to us.”
A fire in April 2015 burned the complex, killing three people.
Laughlin said in the statement that the complex’s fire suppression system was outdated and that his property had been under fire for years.
“The lack of water and power was a factor in our decision to close,” he wrote.
Laughles’ decision to move is the latest in a series of closures in Utah, a state with a population of about 6 million.
In August, a retirement home in nearby Fairfield County, about 40 miles (64 km) from Salt Lake, was evacuated after the owner was unable to secure water and electricity.
Last year, a fire destroyed a two-story retirement home on the Uinta Indian Reservation in southern Utah.
In June, a building in Lakewood, Utah, burned to the ground after residents refused to leave for work.