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Apartment on Detroit’s west side shut down due to poor conditions


AND 50 DEGREES IN THE SEVEN-DAY FORECAST, COMING UP.>>Devin: LET’SUPDATE BREAKING NEWS WE BROUGHT YOU HERE AT 5:00. AN APARTMENT BUILDING ON THE WEST SIDE HAS BEEN CONDEMNED BY THE CITY. AND IT’S PUT SOME FAMILIES OUT OF THEIR HOMES.>>Kim: JASON COLTHORP IS LIVE AT THE FREDERICK DOUGLAS APARTMENTS. HOW MANY APARTMENTS IN THAT BUILDING?>>Jason: 31 APARTMENTS BUT ONLY 23 ARE OCCUPIED. IF YOU LOOK AT THE SIGN, THAT’S THE MOST AMAZING THING RIGHT HERE. THE SIGN OUT FRONT CLAIMS AN AWARD-WINNING MANAGEMENT COMPANY BECAUSE WE LOVE OUR RESIDENTS. AS YOUR EYES GO TO THE RIGHT, YOU SEE BOARDED UP WINDOWS FROM A FIRE A FEW MONTHS AGO. AND IT HASN’T BEEN FIXED. THERE’S HEAVY SMOKE AND FIRE DAMAGE THROUGHOUT THIS, WHICH IS WHY IT BECAME CONDEMNED. HOW DID THE CITY KNOW ABOUT THIS? THEY KNEW FOR A WHILE BECAUSE THE RESIDENTS SAY THEY’RE PAYING UP TO $500 A MONTH FOR SOME OF THE APARTMENTS WHERE THERE’S NO RUNNING WATER, WATER DAMAGE FROM BROKEN PIPES AND WHEN THEY WANTED WATER, THEY WOULD TURN THE MAIN LINE ON FOR PERIODS OF TIME. THEY HAD AN ILLEGAL HOOK-UP, AND THE OWNER WAS FINED $1,000 A MONTH AGO AND $9,000 AGAIN YESTERDAY. TODAY, IT WAS CONDEMNED, MEANING AT LEAST 15 PEOPLE THEY KNEW OF HERE HAD TO GO. AND A MOTHER WITH 9 CHILDREN. AND I TALKED TO HER A FEW MOMENTS AGO.>>WE WERE SCARED. WE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WE WAS GONNA DO. NOW WE’RE BACK IN THE COLD IN THE STREETS AGAIN. AND WE JUST DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WE WAS GONNA DO. EVERYBODY’S KIND OF SPIRIT WENT DOWN. WE DIDN’T HAVE A CHRISTMAS AS IT IS. AND NOW WE’LL GET PUT BACK INTO THE COLD. SO IT WAS DEVASTATING FOR US, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAD KIDS IN HERE, I’M PRETTY SURE THEY FELT THE SAME WAY.>>Jason: AND THERE WAS A LOT OF ANDER FROM RESIDENTS WHO DIDN’T WANT TO TALK TO US. THE CITY ALONG WITH THE RESCUE MISSION HAS FOUND THAT FAMILY A HOUSE FOR THE NEXT MONTH AND THEY’RE WORKING WITH HER AND HER CHILDREN TO FIND SOME ACCOMMODATIONS AFTER THAT, SO THAT’S THE GOOD PART OF THIS. BUT PAYING AN EXORBITANT AMOUNT OF RENT FOR A PLACE WITH SO MUCH DAMAGE AND CHARACTERIZED AS A DANGEROUS PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO BE LIVING. JASON COLTHORP, LOCAL 4.>>Kim: YOU MENTIONED BIG FINES FOR THE OWNER. WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE OWNER?>>Jason: ONE GUY HAS STEPPED UP AND SAID HE OWNS IT AND WANTS TO TAKE CARE OF ALL THE PROBLEMS. AGE LOOKING AT THE VACATE, THERE’S A LONG LIST OF THINGS, MANY OF THE THINGS I JUST MENTIONED. BUT OFFICIALLY, IT’S A MANAGEMENT COMPANY OUT OF GEORGIA. SO THEY’RE TRYING TO STRAIGHTEN THAT OUT. IF HE DOES STEP IN AND FIX THIS, PEOPLE COULD COME BACK HERE.>>Carmen: $500 A MONTH WITHOUT BASIC UTILITIES? THAT’S INSANE!

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