by Thomas Breen | Jun 7, 2018 7:54 am | Comments (4)
The upstairs tenants of a West River home at the center of an ongoing legal battle over city lead inspection protocol have filed a lawsuit against the city for failing to protect a child’s health with the timely investigation and enforcement of the abatement of lead paint hazards.
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by Thomas Breen | May 29, 2018 7:17 am | Comments (17)
Come back next month, Delroy May and Sylvia Stephens promise, and you’ll see organic vegetables starting to grow.
Right now, a city inspector ruled, he sees a blighted mess and a potential safe haven for rodents — and has ordered it cleaned up.
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by Thomas Breen | May 24, 2018 7:20 pm | Comments (15)
The city said a family could move a poisoned child back into a West River apartment.
A judge ruled otherwise — after hearing the city lead-paint inspector get grilled on the stand.
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by Christopher Peak | May 11, 2018 2:24 pm | Comments (5)
After nearly dropping out of high school, Malik James-Gaskin knew it wouldn’t be easy to get into college.
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by Thomas Breen | May 11, 2018 7:53 am | Comments (1)
A landlord of a West River home at the center of a child lead poisoning debate formally ended his attempts to evict his groundfloor tenants after the tenants’ lawyer discovered a legal technicality that tripped up the case.
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by Thomas Breen | May 8, 2018 4:08 pm | Comments (10)
A second child at a West River home has tested as having elevated blood lead levels just two weeks after his downstairs neighbors received a temporary stay on their eviction because of lead paint levels found throughout an apartment — a problem for which both sides ultimately blame the city’s health department.
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by Thomas Breen | Apr 27, 2018 1:58 pm | Comments (22)
A New Haven housing court judge ordered the landlord of a two-family house in the West River neighborhood to temporarily relocate the first-floor tenants he is trying to evict until he can prove that the high lead levels on the walls, doors, windows, and floors of his building are not unduly toxic for the young parents and their four young children.
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by Thomas Breen | Apr 20, 2018 7:48 am | Comments (3)
The city’s anti-blight agency now owns and has a plan in place to convert a vacant, historic duplex at the corner of Orchard Street and George Street into six units of new housing as part of a larger effort to bring new affordable housing to vacant lots.
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by Thomas Breen | Mar 9, 2018 1:30 pm | Comments (2)
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.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Feb 26, 2018 11:21 pm | Comments (8)
Elsa Bradley got to return “home” for a few minutes Monday, in the company of a firefighter — and left reunited with Emily, the beloved parakeet she left behind in a building feared ready to collapse.
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