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HUD gives embattled Fort Myers apartment building a passing score

Health inspectors say an embattled apartment complex is safe. For months, families say they have dealt with bad plumbing and mold. The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development sent inspectors to the building after renovations started.

HUD has given a building at Jones Walker Palm Gardens apartments in Fort Myers a passing score Thursday.

This comes six months after the same building had been given an F rating for pests, mold and backed up plumbing by HUD September 2018.

Some of the renovations being done on the water pipes at the Jones Walker Apts. as the deadline for completion approaches. Photo via WINK News.
Some of the renovations being done on the water pipes at the Jones Walker Apts. as the deadline for completion approaches. Photo via WINK News.

WINK News shared several stories out of these apartments from people such as Ebony Lee and Rosa Delgado.

“I’d rather live under the bridge before I have to live in here,” Lee said.

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“I’m very tired,” Delgado said. “I’ve been waiting a year and a half already for this and, I got four years living here.”

Lee and Delgado didn’t wait any longer to stay for the new passing score the apartments received. Both moved out and on to new places they consider safer and cleaner.

The manager at the apartment complex told WINK News, after the passed inspection, more changes are being made.

Renovations being done at the Jones Walker Apts. Photo via WINK News.
Renovations being done at the Jones Walker Apts. Photo via WINK News.

However, current apartment dwellers at the complex have their doubts, calling the changes cosmetic. They say mold persists in their homes.

HUD told WINK News, most of the inspection reports from February will be available next month.

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