A company known for its luxurious buildings is forcing tenants to live with mold, leaks and broken boilers and furnaces.
Those filthy conditions were found in New Haven, where millions of dollars are being collected in rent each month, and many are wondering why this group is being neglected.
Thousands pass the 301-unit development complex located right across the street from Union Station.
Hundreds have been living in the building for decades, and conditions were never really great, but when a new management group, with a background in luxury, took over, things still didn’t change.
Property owners Northland Investment allegedly ignored multiple requests from New Haven officials, to clean up the problems within the building.
“Leaking water, pervasive mold, broken boilers and furnaces,” said Attorney Amy Marx, who is representing several Church Street South tenants in a class action lawsuit.
She said the federal government, the city, and even Northland agrees that the 19 buildings need to be torn down.
However, the process won’t be easy because select apartments are being condemned, and 288 units are still occupied by low-income housing residents who all need a place to go.
Those who were forced out because of the immediate health issues are now in hotels.
“They can't live at Church Street South anymore, and it's also not fair to leave them in turmoil for years while the parties figure out what's going to be done at Church Street South,” Marx said.
Northland has owned Church Street South for years, but on its website it showcases The Pavilions in Manchester and the Hartford 21, which rakes in millions in rent each month.
“Northland has luxury units throughout the country and is putting them up in Boston as we speak,” Marx said.
This leads many to wonder why a company with luxury roots can’t afford to keep the New Haven building up to code.
Since Northland owns the property, it can build something similar to what it just put up in Waltham, Mass.
It built a luxury complex right near a train station, but the difference in New Haven are the families who have occupied the land years before Northland got involved.
“This is low income housing, obviously, so we're going to get the bottom of the barrel, even though a lot of people work and pay their rent and utilities, they're looked at as less than,” said tenant Chace Banks.
Northland has not returned calls made by Eyewitness News.
Officials said it could take a few years before the complex is cleared out completely.
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