Residents leave Oak Park building in “danger of failure or collapse” – NBC Chicago
A routine check by a village inspector during a renovation revealed that a suburban apartment building was in “imminent danger of failure or collapse”, and residents were ordered to move out before midnight Thursday.
A couple, Lemont and Joyce, were seen pushing what they could from their apartment on the first floor of the 48-unit apartment building, located in the 900 block of North Boulevard in the suburb of Oak Park.
Luckily for the couple, they were able to find accommodation just before the move-out deadline.
“They’re going to lock it down and we can’t get the thing, and they said they wouldn’t be responsible for it, so I’m going to try to get out whatever I can,” said Lemont.
Debra Leonard-Porch, another resident of the building, says managing the residence has helped her find new accommodation.
“It was obvious,” she said. “Yeah, I might not like it for a year, but I’m not going to get run over by a building.” “
This was a very real concern for the inspectors, who discovered soils up to four inches sloped in parts of the building. The inspection, carried out while the building was undergoing renovations, revealed so many problems that residents only had five days to pack their bags and get out of the seven-story structure.
While residents were understandably stressed about having to find new housing so quickly, they also quickly remembered what happened earlier this year in Surfside, Florida, when a building collapse killed 98 people in June.
“My mind was sort of at Surfside for a while because of the cracks,” Leonard-Porch said.
“I’m glad a disaster like this didn’t happen here,” added Lemont.
Officials say a full structural analysis of the building could take at least three weeks, with any work having to wait for that analysis to be completed.
Management says they believe every resident of the building had a place to stay as the evacuation deadline approaches.