Thursday morning it was brought to my attention that there are problems at the senior Towne Centre Place apartment building in downtown Ypsilanti. Towne Centre Place is a senior living apartment building located at 401 West Michigan Avenue. The issues I was informed about are in regard to serious elevator and air conditioning problems in the building. I was also informed of a meeting taking place Friday morning at 11 am regarding the issues in the building. The meeting is to be held in the buildings cafeteria.
I was told that I should contact Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels for more information regarding the elevator and air conditioning problems at the apartment building. I put in a call this morning to Meals On Wheels. The person who answered the phone stated that they didn't feel comfortable talking to the media about it and told me to call later and speak to the Director of Ypsilanti Meals On Wheels. When I called back I was told that the director left a note saying I should be referred to the City or the Ypsilanti Housing Commission.
Well from here the plot thickens. I spoke to someone at the Housing Commission who referred me to the Building department. I eventually spoke to an Ordinance Officer at the building Dept, but he referred me a department called Internal Issues or something similar to that. Obviously, its not easy to speak to anyone about the alleged issue at the senior building. I eventually ended up at the same place I began with in the phone tree.
I then contacted Jeff Linton who is the media relations person for Forest City, which is the company that manages Town Center Plaza. Linton knew nothing of any problems at the senior building here in Ypsilanti, though he said he would look into it and get in touch with me. Not holding my breath.
The last person I contacted was a gentleman in the leasing office at Town Center Plaza. He refused to make a comment.
Thursday afternoon I went over to Town Center Place and spoke to a resident of the complex in the parking lot who wished to remain anonymous. The resident told me that there are roaches and bedbugs in the building. The resident source also stated to me that half of the air conditioners are not working in the laundry room and some of the air conditioners are not working in the apartments. The resident also told me that the freight elevators were not working The resident also informed me of the meeting regarding the matters Friday morning at 11am. I was told that Legal Aid will be present for the meeting.
It certainly seems clear that something is not right here, and that seniors and residents with disabilities are having to face problems they should not be having to accept. Stay tuned for updates regarding this issue.
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