Mayor Jim Watson is frustrated that the city is spending time and effort on maintenance problems in the Heron Gate housing complex and says he will personally intervene to resolve the situation.
Tenants have been complaining for months about outstanding work orders to fix problems such as mouldy basement walls, vermin and garbage not being picked up.
“I have sympathies for the residents who have had some real challenges with the maintenance and cleanliness,” Watson said.
Watson is arranging a meeting in early September with property owner Transglobe Property Management Services, Ottawa ACORN and the Heron Gate community association.
Ottawa ACORN held a press conference yesterday with about 25 tenants to make a public plea to the mayor to enforce city bylaws, which they claim are being violated by Transglobe.
“Things have deteriorated over the years, but especially in the last four years since Transglobe took it on,” said Philip Rosen, a Heron Gate resident of 31 years.