Toxic Mold Blamed For
Apartment Building Condemned Because Of
POSTED: 6:33 p.m. EST January 13, 2003
Mass. -- At least four former tenants of a low-income housing complex in
Wareham said mold in the basement has made them and their children
NewsCenter 5's Jim Boyd reported that the building at the
Dept Crossing apartment complex has been condemned because the building
inspector has determined it is in danger if collapse from chronic
All the tenants have been moved out, but previous
tenants said that toxic mold has also been a problem in the building,
causing health problems. Former tenant Julie Florindo said that she
complained for nearly four years before leaving in December.
said there was mold in the rugs and there's mold and water in the
basement, causing us illness," she said.
Florindo said that she
paid to have tests done in the building, which came back positive for
several types of toxic mold.
Florindo's former neighbor, Jessica
Johnson, said that she believes it was mold in the building that severely
compromised her 2-year-old son's health.
"I knew something wasn't
right," Johnson said. "Before I moved in there, he was fine. He was just
Johnson said that she constantly complained but
never got satisfaction from building management.
"It was nice and
clean when I moved in, and then I started seeing this black stuff coming
in through my window sill," she said. "They told me to put plastic
coverings on the windows."
Officials at the South Shore Housing
Development Corporation, which operates the complex, declined an
interview, saying their attorneys had advised against talking about the
mold problem, but they did issue a written statement.
Crossing Apartments is actively working to correct any problems," said the
statement. "We are hopeful to have the apartments back on line in a very
short period. We regret any difficulties that have occurred for the
Florindo and Johnson have each contacted
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