UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. – Friday will mark two weeks since more than 150 seniors and residents with disabilities have been displaced from their University City apartment complex.
On January 14, a water main burst and flooded parts of Parkview Place Apartments in the 700 block of Westgate.
At the time of the breakup, the University City Police Department said 162 residents had been evacuated due to widespread water damage.
Many residents were able to move in with families, but about 50 of them were taken to a nearby community center while the complex worked out where to send residents to stay overnight.
Residents said they took what they could from their apartments before they were evacuated. Around 9 p.m. that evening, they were taken to various hotels. It’s also the night of some of the coldest winter weather of the season and before a few inches of snow can be predicted.
It is not clear how many of the 162 residents are staying in hotels and how many are still with their families. Two Fox 2 residents who spoke to Wednesday, 12 days after the main water break, said they stayed with their families the first night, but were able to get a hotel provided by the complex by the next day and they have been at the hotel ever since.
Robinson said they stayed at a hotel in the Clayton area, which provided all three meals a day for about a week, and were then moved to a hotel more than eight miles from the apartment complex. Some residents said it costs them more money because they used to be able to walk to work, but now have to pay for public transport.
“I have to go buy more cough medicine and some clothes today,” Bell said.
In addition to transportation costs, some residents said they were in need of more food and clothing.
“I have diabetes and I need food, so I get it at the end of the month and it lasts a whole month,” says Christopher Robinson.
There is now a bright orange sign outside the building, marking the building as condemned. The condemnation notice reads, “The building commissioner hereby orders you to take corrective action to bring these facilities into compliance.”
A resident shared a text message updating the complex was sent. Last Thursday, six days after the first water break, complex residents said they would be moving everything out of refrigerators and freezers because of a power outage.
“They say they are doing the best they can,” said Edward Bell, a resident of Parkview Place Apartment. On Wednesday, the update was texted saying “power has been restored and we continue to work to get other life safety systems back up and running.”
“What I want them to do is correct the mistake they did to us,” Bell said.
“I want to know a good lawyer to handle my case because it makes no sense,” says Robinson.
The residents said they did not have an expected time frame for returning to their homes.
The property manager said “no comment,” when Fox 2 arrived on her Wednesday. The wealth management agency has its headquarters in Jefferson City, no one at that office was available for comment Wednesday.
https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/more-than-150-u-city-residents-still-displaced-after-apartment-building-condemned/ More than 150 U-City residents still relocated after the apartment was condemned