Power Restored To Cascade Grandview Apartments In Greensboro

5:31 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC-- Power has been restored for residents at the Cascade Grandview Apartment Complex in Greensboro.

Yesterday, WFMY learned that Duke Energy had cut electricity to the complex, because the landlord had not paid the power bill.

A Duke spokesperson at the complex told News 2's Faith Abubey that they just received a reconnect order with no specification about how long they should keep it on.

Police said that since the that power is on, residents no longer need escorts. They are sending GTA bus to the Glenwood Recreation Center to bring residents back to their apartment.

Since June, WFMY News 2 has brought you stories about tenants in a complex without air conditioning. They went with out power for months and finally the city of Greensboro got involved.

The air conditioning was eventually restored but on a limited basis and weeks later it went out again.

"There have been so many complications. If I would have known, I would have never signed my lease" said Tamara Jordan, who just moved in last month.

Randy Wheeless, Duke Energy spokesman, said they've been working with the landlord of Cascades Grandview Apartments since April to resolve the issues of bills.  

"We've offered a number of options, but at the end of the day, there were just commitments that were just not being met and we had to take the action we did," Wheeless said.

He said they were scheduled to cut off the power on Monday, but gave the landlord until today to at least make a partial payment. Wheeless said the company is still in talks with the landlord and hopes to have it resolved soon for the tenants sake.

By Wednesday night, the city had condemned the building until power is restored. The Greensboro Fire Department evacuated residents and the Red Cross set up a shelter for them at the Glenwood Recreation Center. Since this situation has effected so many people, the recreation center has extended its hours. They have about 150 beds available.

Fire officials told News 2 that tenants would not be allowed to return to the building until the power was back on because it was not safe.  

The landlord told fire officials that he planned to have the power turned back on Thursday morning.  

Duke Energy officials are still trying to reach an agreement with the landlord.

"We don't take these situations very lightly. This is a situation that's affecting a lot of people, but there are still just a lot of commitments that haven't been met," said Wheeless.

Greensboro City Manager, Denise Turner-Roth stopped by to talk to residents of the building and told them the City was working to help resolve the situation. She stated that the City cannot force Duke Energy to turn the power back on, but she wanted the residents to know that we were not going to leave them stranded.

She also told them the City is seeking assistance from community partners, Greensboro Housing Coalition, Partners Ending Homelessness, Interactive Resource Center, to provide short term shelter for them, should this situation extend beyond today.

News 2 tried to contact the management at the apartment multiple times, but no one has returned our calls.

WFMY News 2

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