Adrian apartments evacuated over structural concerns

Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 2:21 PM EDT
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ADRIAN, Mich. (WTVG) - An Adrian, Michigan apartment complex is being evacuated due to a structural issue.

According to the city’s Facebook page, an engineering firm determined there was a structural problem in the third-floor of the Riverview Terrace apartments building in the 400 block of College Ave. on Monday. The evacuation will help engineers inspect the problem further.

Scott Beltz, a representative for the property manager, said maintenance workers noticed some concerning cracks last week. ” We sent it to an architect and they deemed the building Could potentially be unsafe. Just for precautionary measures, they wanted the building evacuated so that we could go through and just make sure it is indeed safe,” said Beltz

The City of Adrian said it is closing College Avenue from George Street to Church Street until further notice, as well as the sidewalk in front of the apartment complex.

The city said it is transporting Riverview Terrace residents in need of shelter to the Piotter Center. Adrian Dial-A-Ride and Lenawee Transportation buses are helping with the evacuation so regular transportation services in the city may be limited for the time being, the city said.

" We’ve seen a lot of cracks, we’ve all questioned it. We were all told it’s just normal,” said resident Kathy Brighton. “After what we’ve seen, we’re just happy to be here and everyone is safe. After what we’ve seen in Florida we don’t need to be picking anyone up out of the rubble.”

Many residents of the building are low-income and disabled, they say if the place is deemed unsafe they don’t know where to go. “I was kind of scared because I am single and I only know two People here in Adrian. I didn’t know what to do, or where to go, and I have arthritis so I don’t get around well. I wasn’t sure how that was all gonna work out,” said resident Barbra Bovee.

The Humane Society was on scene collecting animals left behind. “It’s definitely hard. I mean it’s hard enough to have displaced people, but when you have pets in a new environment, new smells, it’s scary for them,” said volunteer Amber Smith.

Residents can check on the status of the building by calling 269-249-6934.

Beltz told 13abc they hope to welcome residents back in next week.

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