Saturday, September 3, 2016


We now know that Towne Centre Place Senior living complex in Ypsilanti is plagued with many code violations. This is a fact that residents have known for god knows how long, but the general public is just finding out about now. From elevators that don't work to poor sanitary conditions, residents, many of whom are senior citizens and disabled, have been forced to live in deplorable conditions at the complex.

The fact that the city will reinspect the building on September 26, this according to the Ann Arbor News, is a positive first step, but still one is left wondering why it has taken so long for a re inspection to occur. Further, in the same recent Ann Arbor News article it was stated the MSHDA "holds the loan" for the building. There seem to be so many agencies involved in this situation it leaves your head spinning.

On August 15 I spoke to MSHDA media spokesperson Katie Bach on the phone. Katie Bach was forthcoming and informative. She said that she had been to the complex earlier that day. She was emphatic when she told me that she wanted residents to know that " They have their back."  Interesting that when I spoke to Jeff Linton who is the media representative for Forest City, the company that owns Towne Centre Place, he seemed to know nothing about the issues facing the apartment building here in Ypsi. On that day Linton told me he would look into it and get back to me. He didn't get back to me, I got back to him, and he was not informative.

Right now the entire mess at Towne Centre Place apartments begs the question.. Who is in charge here? Right now I'm not sure.

Jeff Brown
Purple Walrus Press.
Towne Centre Place Apts Ypsilanti. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

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