Elevators Fixed, Some Residents Still Want Out

11:01 PM, Aug 19, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- It's a huge relief for residents at Cascades Grandview Apartments but it's not the end of their problems.

The elevator that's been broken since Thursday was repaired Sunday afternoon, but the cable and internet are still out, the hot water is unreliable, and the lights aren't working in parts of the stairwell.

Sunday afternoon, residents met with community organizers from the Interactive Resource Center and the Greensboro Housing Coalition giving residents hoping to move some options.

The groups have been working with local landlords to provide these tenants with affordable and safe places to go.

Last week, the city condemned the complex after the management failed to pay their power bill and all the tenants were forced out.

Some even had to sleep in shelters.

Then, the elevator stopped working and the city gave the management 48 hours to fix it and threatened them with fines.

This all follows a summer without air conditioning and a closed pool.

"The purpose of this meeting is to make the tenants here aware that there is a possibility that this building can be condemned again. If the building is condemned again, we want to make sure that they are aware of the options that they have so they are not caught with a surprise again and not knowing what to do in the event that they are asked to evacuate the building," explained Teresa Hicks, Interactive Resource Center.

"Management really can't do anything at this step. They failed us the last time, they bailed two weeks before this thing happened so I won't be dependent on them for anything," said Dr. Sylvester Caraway, Cascades Resident.

WFMY News 2

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