City looks to buy Adrian Inn to temporarily house displaced Riverview Terrace residents

Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 7:58 PM EDT
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ADRIAN, Mich. (WTVG) - The residents of the Riverview Terrace apartment building will not be able to return for several months, according to the Lenawee County Emergency Management Coordinator.

Residents were evacuated in late July because of a structural issue on the third floor.

Because of the extended time frame for the displacement, the city said August 11 it was in the process of negotiating the purchase of the Adrian Inn, to temporarily alleviate some of the urgent housing needs.

Adrian officials reiterated that they won’t be able to provide enough shelter and residents are encouraged to seek out housing on their own as well.

The city of Adrian has also released a list for those looking to donate:

Items may be dropped off at Share the Warmth (427 West Maumee Street, Adrian, Michigan)

Gift cards to restaurants and gas stations in Adrian

Monetary donations to Lenawee Community Foundation to help meet resident needs. When donating, please use the designation Riverview Terrace Response Fund


● Individual items such as pudding cups, applesauce, Jello, crackers/snacks

● Single serve drinks (Gatorade, water)

● Microwavable non-perishable items such as mac & cheese, rice cups, pasta (pull top lids only)

● Tuna or chicken packets

Paper Products (no foam)

● Plates

● Bowls

● Plastic silverware

Pet Items

● Dry/wet dog and cat food

● Bird food

● Cat litter

● Litter boxes

Many of them are elderly with health issues, which is why a local pharmacist is stepping in to help.

Sam Hammoud is a pharmacist and the owner of Adrian Medical Pharmacy. He said at least 15 of his patients live in the apartment building.

“Instantly I was concerned because that building is not only filled with my patients, it’s filled with a lot of elderly patients. They have a lot of difficulties with transportation. Their funds are not always great. They have many, many issues,” said Hammoud.

As a pharmacist, his first thought was do all of these people have their medications? It turns out, as many of four of them so far did not.

“There are a lot of cardiac patients, diabetic patients, people who have asthma, COPD. They cannot go without their medication,” said Hammoud. “So if they left their medications in their homes, it’s our duty to make sure that they do not go without.”

Hammoud said Adrian Medical Pharmacy already offered free delivery, and he will still deliver to patients wherever they are. And this isn’t just for his patients.

“Anybody at that tower, whether they use a larger chain pharmacy or a different pharmacy and they don’t have means of transportation, I know there are a lot of elderly there, they can call us. I will do everything. I will transfer their medications. I will get them their medications.”

Hammoud said he will get people emergency prescriptions and deal with the health insurance companies for them during this difficult time.

“When you’re older, you don’t have the funds, it’s hard to just get up and move with three hours’ notice. They said, ‘Listen, you’ve got to get out of your house, and you’re coming to the hotel or a center.’ So their spirits aren’t great honestly,” said Hammoud.

To get services from Adrian Medical Pharmacy, call them at 517-920-4010 or head to their website.

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