North Austin apartment residents demand repairs
Tenants at Cross Creek Apartments stage protest at complex.
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
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.