by Aliyya Swaby & Paul Bass | Sep 3, 2015 5:58 pm | Comments (7)
Erika Lorenzana watched her bathroom walls and ceiling crumble to the touch and reveal a severe mold infestation—moments after contractors supposedly finished repairing them.
As a result, a possible breakthrough emerged hours later in the festering and fast-moving housing crisis at the Church Street South housing complex.
by Paul Bass & Aliyya Swaby | Sep 2, 2015 6:28 pm | Comments (14)
The federal government issued the owners of the crumbling Church Street South complex a notice of default—while opening the door to a longer-term plan to allow for demolishing the buildings there rather than fixing them.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Massachusetts-based Northland Investment Corp., the complex’s owner, personally pitched Mayor Toni Harp on a plan to have his company do that job, razing the 301-unit federally subsidized apartment complex across from Union Station and rebuilding it as an 800-1,000-unit mixed-use, mixed-income development.
by Paul Bass | Aug 27, 2015 5:21 pm | Comments (9)
The feds are coming to Church Street South—all of Church Street South. They’ve also offered new help for tenants in unlivable apartments.
by Paul Bass | Aug 26, 2015 5:06 pm | Comments (4)
Jim Turcio descended from another roof at the crumbling Church Street South apartment complex Wednesday determined to get the owner to “repair or replace”—preferably replace—not just one roof, but 17.
by Markeshia Ricks & Aliyya Swaby | Aug 25, 2015 4:53 pm | Comments (8)
Jessica Rivera said her four children don’t mind eating hotel restaurant food every day. But after two weeks of living in a single hotel room, they’re ready to go home—to Church Street South.
It doesn’t appear home will be ready for them any time soon.
by Aliyya Swaby & Paul Bass | Aug 21, 2015 3:54 pm | Comments (7)
The federal government will decide next week whether to take some money away from the operators of the troubled Church Street South complex in order to have some tenants live elsewhere in town.
by Paul Bass | Aug 21, 2015 2:00 pm | Comments (27)
The owner of Church Street South almost reached a deal with the city two years ago to demolish the crumbling subsidized apartment complex across from Union Station to build a bigger, more diverse development. Now it would like a second chance.
by Paul Bass | Aug 20, 2015 7:10 am | Comments (42)
Over 100 apartments, storefronts, and offices would sprout atop surface parking lots and inside an abandoned old school under a plan revealed to the public Wednesday night.
by Aliyya Swaby | Aug 19, 2015 5:31 pm | Comments (7)
Needing to go the bathroom in the middle of the night, Church Street South tenant Pablo Batista swung his legs around, put his feet to the floor—and yelped in shock. His bedroom was full of water.
by Paul Bass | Aug 18, 2015 4:29 pm | Comments (4)
A day after the emergency demolition of an historic downtown building, city inspectors acted to prevent collapses at three other properties.