North Austin apart­ment res­i­dents de­mand re­pairs

Ten­ants at Cross Creek Apart­ments stage protest at com­plex.

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Nancy Flores nflo­res@states­man.com Re­pairs

About 50 ten­ants from the Cross Creek Apart­ments in North Austin marched around their com­plex Wed­nes­day night to de­mand bet­ter liv­ing con­di­tions.

Res­i­dents car­ried “in­spec­tion tools,” in­clud­ing over­sized mag­ni­fy­ing glasses and foam fin­gers, to point out re­pairs they say are long over­due.

For more than two years, res­i­dents have been fight­ing to get the com­plex’s man­agers to solve sev­eral prob­lems at the apart­ments, in­clud­ing a chronic lack of hot wa­ter, ac­cord­ing to the group Build­ing and Strength­en­ing Ten­ant Ac­tion.

In 2015, the city of Austin sued build­ing own­ers to get the re­pairs made. In April, the case re­turned to court, and build­ing owner NAHC Cross Creek Apart­ments LLC was or­dered to make a se­ries of re­pairs by the end of July. The owner said the court-or­dered re­pairs have been com­pleted, but ten­ants don’t agree.

City of­fi­cials haven’t made a fi­nal in­spec­tion.

Res­i­dent Stephen Frischmuth said he has had enough. Last win­ter, Frischmuth said, he went with­out hot wa­ter for about a month. “I had to im­pro­vise,” he said.

When he moved in about three years ago, he said, he was led to be­lieve that ren­o­va­tions were coming soon. “I want this hous­ing to be a home.”

Ale­jan­dra Ramirez, a sin­gle mother of three chil­dren, said that af­ford­able hous­ing op­tions are lim­ited for her fam­ily. She hopes that con­di­tions at the apart­ment com­plex im­prove soon. She said that un­til this week, she spent the past four years at the apart­ment com­plex liv­ing with­out prop­erly work­ing air con­di­tion­ing.

Mem­bers of the Cross Creek Apart­ments Ten­ants As­so­ci­a­tion and Build­ing and Strength­en­ing Ten­ant Ac­tion are ask­ing that own­ers fix re­main­ing re­pairs such as

PHO­TOS BY STEPHEN SPILLMAN / FOR AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Res­i­dents of Cross Creek Apart­ments march through their com­plex Wed­nes­day night, us­ing a bull­horn and signs to urge that re­pairs be com­pleted. They cited holes in walls and ceil­ings, shaky rail­ings, bro­ken side­walks and in­suf­fi­cient light­ing.

Bro­ken win­dows are seen at Build­ing No. 2 at Cross Creek Apart­ments. The owner says court-or­dered re­pairs at the com­plex have been com­pleted. The city says the com­plex has ac­cu­mu­lated about $1.5 mil­lion in fines and penal­ties over the past two to three years.

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