More complaints about poor conditions in elderly apartment building

August 10, 2018 06:03 PM

Two days after NewsChannel 13 alerted the owner of the Raymond Watkin Apartments in Saratoga Springs that tenants are upset about living conditions during a renovation project, the owner flew in from California to speak with them.

Gil Seton said in a statement sent to us, "I will remain personally involved with this matter until any and all issues are resolved. Raymond Watkins has a long history of being a great place for low and very low-income seniors in Saratoga, and Raymond Watkin residents can be assured that each complaint will be fully investigated and that I am personally committed to following through to address their concerns."

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A complete overhaul of the building began in January. Seton says the $4 million project includes new interiors for all of the 111 units as well as improvements to the common areas, operating systems and outside public areas.

However, many tenants say the construction is causing some major concerns. Cluttered and dirty conditions have become the norm and residents are often ordered out of their apartments for hours at a time, often with no place to go.

Several residents say they tried to speak with on-site management about their concerns but were ignored.

One of the complaints NewsChannel 13 heard was work crews often begin making noise as early as 6 a.m. Seton says he spoke with city officials who say city code does not allow construction until 7 a.m. and the crews have been notified.

HUD is also speaking with management about the issues.


Jacquie Slater

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