A two-year history of code violations forced the condemnation of the Lewis and Clark Tower in Moline Acres, Mo.
The nine-story apartment building had no working elevators. Occupants had to use the stairs. The building had approximately 96 units. Some occupants owned their units, while others rented.
The list of violations included occupancy permits, fire safety and the 50-year-old elevators. It has been a long-time coming, according to a tenant and a condo owner.
Residents said the building used to have a condo association. But, the group disbanded when a new property manager came on board.
“They didn’t feel they had a good relationship with the new management company that came in,” said Matthew Hawkins, who owned his condo. “So when that fell out, nobody was paying the bills. You had a neglect of all the plumbing the electric, the elevators. All those things were neglected.”
“People have come home in the dark,” explained former tenant LaFonda Mayanja. “There’s emergency lights in the stairs. But, it just wasn’t safe. So, I had to get out.”
Occupants have been told they have 48 hours to vacate the premises. Anywhere from 50 to 100 people could be displaced.