LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The cooling system at a local apartment complex on Lansing’s south side can’t seem to keep up with the scorching heat and residents are demanding something be done about it.
Temperatures cooled down quite a bit on Friday, but throughout the week the heat and humidity were intense.
People living at “Cedar Place Apartments” say the temperatures are unbearable and the cooling system in place there doesn’t seem to help.
Just over a week ago, the management at the apartment complex sent a letter to all their residents that explains how their cooling system works.
It says in part “Our system is a chilled water system, not air conditioning.” That means the system chills the water that runs through the building, which then cycles through the blowers in each of the apartments.
You can read the letter here:
But the problem residents say is the cooling system isn’t working at full capacity, or it’s so faint that it barely cools off the apartments. And for one resident, the heat was so extreme she ended up in the hospital.
Gladys Tardy moved in to “Cedar Place Apartments” last week. She says from the moment she stepped foot into her new home, it’s been blazing hot. So hot that she suffered heat exhaustion that landed her in the hospital yesterday.
“I just almost passed out to the point that I just got weak and totally exhausted,” said Tardy.
Since Tardy moved in, her daughter Marilyn Hester has repeatedly expressed concerns to management that her mom’s cooling system doesn’t work properly and was told they’d fix the problem, but it took days until anyone showed up.
“Somebody did come and clean out the air duct and it was full of stuff but other than that, no one has been here to really actually fix it,” said Hester.
Hester says she’s fed up and decided to take matters into her own hands and reach out to Lansing city officials to see if they can help.
“We’re going to go check out the unit to see if we can convince management to allow the city to put in temporarily at least an air conditioner in their general cooling room, which isn’t cool at this point…and perhaps offer some fans for some of the tenants on the higher floors…and water,” Joan Jackson Johnson stated; Director of Human Relations/Community Services for the city of Lansing.
While at this point they say anything will help, Hester and her mom ultimately hope management steps up.
“It’s elderly here who needs air conditioning. It’s too hot,” said Tardy.
“It’s uncomfortable to breathe you know and the management is asking them to close their doors and just use fans you know that’s just not something that I suggest that elderly do,” Hester stated.
6 News reached out to the manager at “Cedar Place Apartments” but she declined to comment.
It’s also important to mention that these apartments are not owned by the city.
The property is owned by a corporation out of Cleveland, but it still needs to meet the city’s building codes.
City officials tell 6 News that these apartments are in fact up to code.
Air conditioning is not part of code compliance so if there’s a problem, it’s between the tenants and management.