Tenants forced out of Cal Park apartment building

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About 15 tenants living in a two-story, south suburban apartment building were forced to move Saturday, one day after village officials notified them the building’s walkway was unsafe.

About 15 tenants living in a two-story, south suburban apartment building were forced to move Saturday, one day after village officials notified them the building’s walkway was unsafe. A second floor walkway at the apartment building in the 12300 block of South Ashland Avenue in Calumet Park was deemed unsafe by the village’s Buildings Department after it collapsed a few weeks ago, according to Calumet City Mayor Joseph Dupar. “We will put families up in a hotel tonight while we figure out where they can go temporarily until structural repairs are done to the upper landing,” Dupar said. Some tenants were able to move into vacant units on the first floor but many of those units are in need of repairs and lack such things as sinks and proper lighting, said Michelle Waters, 29, a tenant at the complex. “I slept in my car last night in front of the police department because it’s cleaner and safer for my two kids,” she told the Defender. “I just hate I paid my rent this month because now I am broke with nowhere to live.” Village officials said they do not know who the property owner is but was trying to locate the landlord though a post office box used to collect rent payments. ______ Copyright 2009 Chicago Defender. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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