2005-12-02 / Front Page

Residents Seek Answers From Management

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

Residents of the building at 19-15

Penny Ambrose, the president of the tenant association at JASA at 19-15 Seagirt, confronts Donna Stuart (JASA building manager) about the building’s problems. Penny Ambrose, the president of the tenant association at JASA at 19-15 Seagirt, confronts Donna Stuart (JASA building manager) about the building’s problems. Seagirt Boulevard run by the Jewish

Association for Services to the Aged (JASA) confronted the building’s management

with a list of several important issues they believe have not been

addressed at a tenant’s meeting on

November 16. Tenant association president Penny

Ambrose accused the manager of the JASA complex, Donna Stuart, with failing to take action on a long list of

complaints that were reportedly presented

to her when she became manager

more than a year ago. Among the problems discussed at

the meeting were issues with the elevators,

security and the presence of mold. “The primarily issues are not being

addressed,” said Ambrose. “We want a

concise picture of what is going on.” While Stuart addressed some of

those questions at the meeting, some

of the issues remained up in the air. With one of two elevators deemed

unsafe for use by the tenants because of leveling that could affect those with

Management will replace the eight broken heaters in the common room. Window blinds have been destroyed by an outside organization that JASA allows to use the area. Management will replace the eight broken heaters in the common room. Window blinds have been destroyed by an outside organization that JASA allows to use the area. wheelchairs and walkers, residents

have been forced to put up with the

availability of only one working elevator. A new generator is needed for the

elevator with the leveling problem and

management is working on that. They

are also working on getting new cabs

for the elevators. “It took time to get HUD approval,”

said Stuart. An independent contractor helping JASA management with the elevators said, “[new] parts will

take 10 to 12 weeks.” Tenants were

promised they would be kept abreast

on the modernization of the elevators. One important issue for residents

was the presence of mold. In addition to some residents reporting mold in

their apartments, there was a concern

about mold in the common room where

the meeting took place. While there was an obvious odor in the common room, Stuart – in response

The water fountain in the common room needs cleaning. The water fountain in the common room needs cleaning. to a question – did not admit to

noticing the smell in the room. Ambrose

later told the paper her eyes

were bothered by the smell, and another tenant – Lorraine – said she almost

didn’t come to the meeting because of

the smell in the room. Stuart said an outside company had

done tests for mold in various sites in the building. Stuart was not sure if the

common room was among the areas

tested. “We did not get a positive

report back,” said Stuart, who agreed

to open her office so residents could

review the report later this month. The Wave called Stuart on November 28 to find out the exact date of

when the tests were done, but she

referred the newspaper to her supervisor

Donald Manning. “We take all comments very seriously

and investigate them,” said Manning,

about the tenant’s complains. “We try to serve our tenants the best we can.” Manning told The Wave the tests for mold were done before he came. He did say he would consider

One of the two stoves in the kitchen used by the tenant association. Ambrose said this stove is still in use. One of the two stoves in the kitchen used by the tenant association. Ambrose said this stove is still in use. having the tests redone. “If that is an

issue, we’ll have someone come out

and take a look at it,” concluded Manning.

In response to questions about security

doors being left open, Stuart said, “As of today, all locks will be inspected

on the [ground] floor and repaired if

necessary. There will also be an additional camera installed on the back entrance.” Stuart told residents that eight new heaters will replace the ones in the common room and a report has identified “which areas should be treated for water penetration” on the building. Stuart also assured residents that problems with the broken intercom system would be corrected.

The tenant association kitchen door handle is covered with cobwebs, and dirt from outside comes in under the door. The tenant association kitchen door handle is covered with cobwebs, and dirt from outside comes in under the door. With only one of two elevators working, residents must pile into the one working elevator to get to their apartments. With only one of two elevators working, residents must pile into the one working elevator to get to their apartments.

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