Residents describe “unsafe” conditions in Springfield apartment complex

Hampden County

Springfield residents at one Maple Street apartment complex are fed up with their living conditions.

Unsafe living conditions is what some residents are alleging at 303 Maple Street. It’s been a week since they’ve had natural gas, and they have no indication of when it will be turned back on.

For two days, residents were also without hot water and that’s when the building was condemned by the city, but that has since been lifted. David Cotter of Springfield Code Enforcement told 22News the owners took out a permit, and hired a licensed plumber for repairs. 

Residents are still without gas for cooking or heat.

One resident who didn’t want to go on camera told 22News that management is reimbursing them for the cost to buy a hot plate, but they say that is not enough. There has been too many other problems.

That resident said, “If you come inside all of our ceiling tiles are off, so all you see is wires, gas pipes, water pipes, obviously not safe.”

Two months ago, there was flooding in the hallway; currently, there are dozens of ceiling tiles missing in the hallways.

We attempted to talk to management in person and by phone, but have not heard back from them.

Cotter told 22News the owner of the apartments followed through on all the city’s requirements. 
They are in compliance and being monitored by the city.

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