Englewood apartment complex tenants remain displaced 6 weeks after Ida flooding

It has been six weeks since flooding from the remnants of Ida devastated parts of New Jersey. The tenants of an apartment building in Englewood are still out of their homes because of the flooding.

News 12 Staff

Oct 13, 2021, 10:20 PM

Updated 915 days ago

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It has been six weeks since flooding from the remnants of Ida devastated parts of New Jersey. The tenants of an apartment building in Englewood are still out of their homes because of the flooding.
The doors to 53 West Palisade Ave. are chained. A red sticker indicates that it is not safe to go inside.
“For the past six weeks, the only thing we’ve seen is a padlock on that door. No work has been done. Moisture is building up in the building,” says tenant Ron Oliver.
Oliver says that he is frustrated because the complex is not even located near a river. It is in the bustling downtown of Englewood, with apartments that are several stories above ground level.
Oliver lost a car in the flooding, which filled the garage and stairwells. The water knocked out the power, and Glenmore Management says that the foundation to the building is in question. A look inside the clothing store on the first floor shows mud and moisture, with inventory destroyed.
Dawn McKenzie's family also lost a car and recently found a temporary apartment to live in. But all her family’s belongings are still inside the building.
“We need clothing. We need pots to cook, furniture to lay on. We are starting all over again, it’s ridiculous,” she says.
Ever since they were forced out, some of the tenants have been living at the Englewood Crowne Plaza, paying the bill with some help from FEMA.
A spokesperson for Glenmore Management says that they are sensitive to the plight of tenants but that their biggest concern is safety.
The company says that it will take six to eight weeks to find out from an engineer if the foundation is safe. A preliminary engineering report has been given to Englewood. If the city signs off, tenants can get inside to pick up their things.
“My kids would really like to go back home,” says Oliver.
The tenants are no longer paying rent. Glenmore Management is giving all of its tenants an opportunity to get out of their lease agreements.


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