Earlier today U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell sent a letter to the MSHDA calling on the agency to relocate residents of Towne Centre Place senior housing apartment complex located in downtown Ypsilanti while repairs are being made. The building's only two elevators have not been working properly for months according to a press release today from Debbie Dingell's office.
As stated in Friday's press release from the Dingell office, the lack of properly working elevators has created a serious risk to the 170 elderly and disabled residents as the building is 11 stories high. The MSHDA is responsible for overseeing the complex.
A written statement by Debbie Dingell in part read, "It would appear that the current living condition is not decent, safe or sanitary." Continued Dingell, " I ask that the landlord be encouraged to temporarily relocate residents of Towne Centre Place who have faced serious hardship because of disrepair of the elevators."
The residents of this building need to be relocated immediately. They have been forced to live in unacceptable conditions for months and months. What a disgrace. Thank you to Debbie Dingell for addressing this very serious situation. Let's see if action is taken.
Stay tuned for further updates.
UPDATE: As of noon Saturday PWP received a comment via email from Jeff Linton, media spokesperson for Forest City Realty Trust Inc, the company that owns Towne Centre Place. According to Linton, "We are working diligently with our contractor to restore service for the larger of the two elevators and expect that the contractor will be onsite today and tomorrow making repairs. The smaller of the two elevators is operational. We regret the inconvenience to our residents and expect to have an update on Monday."
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