The city’s anti-blight agency has placed an open-ended lien on a century-old, 41-unit apartment complex to cover relocation expenses for the dozens of tenants displaced from the Edgewood building that was condemned in February.
As hot, humid sunlight poured in, skaters whirred across the old asphalt and new concrete. They pivoted atop the quarter pipe and hopped over the lower ramps and obstacles. Some wrapped their T-shirts around their foreheads to protect their eyes from the sun. Almost everyone sported ornate tattoos up and down their arms, legs, and backs.
This sometimes skeptical crowd had nothing but props to offer for the now-completed renovation of the Edgewood Skate Park, which will be celebrated with a formal dedication Sunday.
No more excuses: Get in the building. Get out the lead. Protect poisoned kids.
Superior Court Judge Walter Spader Jr. issued those marching orders to the city Thursday.
Spader specifically ordered the city Health Department to take over removing lead paint from a flaking-paint-filled 969 Elm St. apartment where two little boys have been found to have high lead levels in their blood.
A mom whose 3-year-old son is sick with lead-poisoning called the New Haven Health Department more than 20 times, begging for someone to enforce the laws and clean up the cracked and flaking paint at her Edgewood apartment.
After a month of messages, an inspector finally came out and confirmed the walls were coated with lead. But for the next five months, the property remained largely unabated. During that time, her 11-month-old son was poisoned too.
Two weeks after the city condemned a decaying 41-unit apartment complex at 66 Norton St., 19 relocated households remain in rundown motels, 12 have moved into new apartments, and two are staying with family members as they continue to look for new places to live.