Hundreds Of Residents Told To Move Due To Unsafe Living Conditions


UPDATED: Thursday June 6, 2013 4:50 PM

Hundreds of Northland area residents were told Thursday they will have to find somewhere else to live.

City building and zoning inspectors arrived at the Summit Park apartments off Morse Road and posted notices that the buildings are unsafe and everyone must move.

Deputy Director Scott Messer said problems include windows, stairs, walkways and bowing support columns.

He sent translators over to talk to the residents since many are immigrants.

Community service organizations are working with residents to find new housing.

“My kid was having bite marks on his face,” resident Alexander Heceht said. “I showed the people in the office. They didn’t do anything about it, nothing. I mean, I still have roaches. They came and sprayed and it’s an infestation of roaches everywhere.”
 
The City Development Department said residents removed under a city emergency are able to get up to $650 for moving expenses, a deposit on another apartment or for the first month’s rent.

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