Chorey Park residents demanding upgrades

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 30, 2005

Chorey Park Apartment residents are demanding a facelift.

Several occupants went before the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority Tuesday with a laundry list of problems that are plaguing their West Constance Road complex: mildew-coated ceiling tiles, no air-conditioning in the third-floor hall and peeling paint.

&uot;We don’t want to feel it necessary to call our Congress members,&uot; said Dorothy Gumms. &uot;We feel it is our due to have our urgent needs taken care of.&uot;

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Several SRHA members said they were bombarded with concerns during recent visits to the complex. The multi-story apartment building, which was built in the 1980s, caters to the elderly and disabled.

&uot;I visited Chorey Park last week and I was embarrassed,&uot; SRHA Vice Chairman Mary Richardson said. &uot;It looks like a run down building…which is exactly what it is.&uot;

SRHA member Thelma Hinton agreed.

&uot;The residents feel Chorey Park has been neglected,&uot; she added.

Clarissa McAdoo, the authority’s executive director, will present a list of necessary repairs

at the SRHA’s meeting next month, said Chairman Daniel Forbes. He assured residents that the authority will begin addressing the problems, even if it means hiring outside help to handle some of the work.

Part of the remedy will come with changes made within the organization that will increase direct communication between the apartment management and maintenance departments, McAdoo added.

&uot;Many of these issues boil down to a disconnection with communication,&uot; she said. &uot;…Chorey Park will get immediate attention.&uot;