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Jones Walker residents waiting for cleanup, renovations

Posted: 7:20 PM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 19:20:22-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Several residents living at Jones Walker Palm Gardens Apartments are still waiting to get their apartments repairs nearly a year after the building failed a HUD inspection , requiring the owners Tree Top Development to renovate apartments.

Monique Thompson said she thinks her 11 and 12-year-old daughters got sick because of mold that’s taking over her bathroom window.

“Not even a month ago, they had a little pneumonia in their lungs. And they had to take steroids and antibiotics.,” said Thompson.”

She said she just wants the housing complex to improve her home for her kids’ health.

“I just want them to do better on my maintenance and the mold and everything for the safety of my girls with their asthma,” she said.

Thompson said her shower has been leaking for years, and instead of replacing the shower, she said maintenance workers painted over it.

She said there’s only three maintenance workers for 80 units at Jones Walker,and only one of them handles repairs. She showed Fox 4 the damage left behind by the mold and leaky pipes. She said it’s been like that since she moved in three years ago.

Slabs of wood are falling off of her front door. She said instead of replacing the door, they added a screw to the lock. She said maintenance workers told her not to slam it when she closes it, so she doesn’t damage the door even further.

“If they can do better than what they’re doing, and make our place a nice place than what it is, then I’ll be more happy,” said Thompson.

So, she and her neighbors walked across the street to St. Philip CME church to tell Councilmember Johnny Streets about their living conditions.

Streets listened to their concerns and said he’s here to help.

“My main purpose here is to make sure that your living conditions have improved, your quality of life is improving,” said Streets.

He added it’ll take efforts from the people living at Jones Walker, the building management Tree Top Development and city leaders to make it a decent place to live.

“We all have to be in this together, because we all have to rely on each other,” said Streets.

Neighbors said they don’t want to attack management, but more maintenance workers could help with the repairs. Tree Top and Jones Walker maintenance workers did not answer calls from Fox 4 Monday afternoon.