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York staff to follow up on complaints about Rose Apartments

After hearing complaints about the Rose Apartments for a second consecutive meeting, the York City Council asked its staff to make sure safety issues are addressed.

Debbie Burton, who said she moved into the apartments last December, presented a list of complaints to council members last week. They included a leaky roof, mold and water damage in some areas.

Burton, one of several residents who presented a petition to the council in August, raising concerns about poor conditions at the circa 1852 building at 27 S. Congress St., had also complained about leaks and other issues during the council’s October meeting.

Burton said she and other residents want to get the historic building “restored to a good, safe place.” However, she said the roof still needs to be fixed and that she had leaks in her apartment over the weekend.

Planning director David Breakfield said he is following up with the property manager to make sure code violations are addressed by the property manager and that the work is done by licensed contractors.

“We will follow up on all of them,” he told the council.

Kelly Barringer, senior regional property manager with Landmark, which manages the building, told the council last month that the issues would be addressed. He did not attend last week’s meeting and could not be reached for further comment.

Nancy Baker, a representative with the property management company, attended last week’s meeting but declined to address the council.

Burton told the council that in addition to a leaky roof, the windows are rotting and need to be replaced, flooring and tile needs to be replaced due to water damage, some of the walls are buckling and she has found mold on her clothes.

She also said the building needs an elevator and that maintenance requests by tenants “are not always honored.” Each apartment should have its own heat and air conditioning unit, instead of two apartments sharing a unit, she said.

The historic building marker also needs to be replaced, she said.

Council members said they want to ensure safety and that building codes are followed. However “the aesthetics is not necessarily our responsibility,” said councilman John Shiflet.

“There’s a point where it’s not our responsibility, and the residents have to decide if they want to live there or not live there,” Shiflet said about Burton’s complaints.

York Mayor Eddie Lee told Baker during the meeting that he hopes the company will address the concerns.

“That’s a wonderful building,” Lee told Baker. “And this is not good publicity. That’s a very important structure in downtown York and we want it to continue, and we want it to be safe.”

Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077