Cold conditions could force out residents

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Tenants living in an apartment complex with no heat are preparing for the worst case scenario.

Glendower Apartments on North Meridian has been without heat for more than a week now. Residents were using stove tops and ovens to stay warm but the city turned off the gas last Thursday.

Now those poor living conditions could get the complex shut down.

Last week, we were told they had 38 days leave after the Marion Co. Health Department ruled the complex unsafe to live.

But at a hearing scheduled Tuesday morning could make it possible to move that deadline up to as early as Wednesday.

As chillier, wintry air blows in, fed up tenants are moving out.

Property manager Ryan Cadwell is doing his best to find tenants a new place to live but it hasn’t been easy. About 15 tenants have moved out or at least found new living situation.

“We still have about 10 units, roughly 15 people that have not secured or found anything,” he said.

Rent, utility costs and location are just a few of the hurdles.

And with a hearing scheduled Tuesday, time might now be the biggest problem.

“Depending on how everything goes tomorrow, we’ve been working toward the worst case scenario of gone by Wednesday,” he said.

The idea of moving out is just hitting Barbara Terrell. She’s barely packed up and is worried she won’t be ready if the “Order to Vacate” hits Wednesday morning.

“I got to find somewhere where I can get some boxes. I definitely don’t want to lose my clothes. At least take some personal items with me,” she said.

Cadwell is close to getting Terrell in a new place. His company plans to help with moving expenses but he said there’s only so much they can do.

“Having to tell a few people that have made this place home for years that you’re limited on your ability to help, that’s difficult,” Cadwell said.

“I’m trying to stay positive,” Terrell said with a smile. “I think that everything’s going to work out, everything happens for a reason.”

Cadwell said his staff will work through the holiday to make sure the tenants find a new place.

The hearing is scheduled for 9:00am at Environmental Court.

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