Tenants Still Out Of Condemned JC Building

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 26, 2010 at 6:36 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Tenants of a Johnson City apartment building are still homeless after the complex fails to pass inspection.

The apartment building at 78 Main Street in Johnson City passed neither the village code inspection, nor the NYSEG inspection earlier Friday afternoon.

The landlord, Sedlacek Live Trust, asked for another inspection Friday after attempting to fix the previous violations.

NYSEG code enforcers found multiple gas leaks in the supply lines.

Because of that, the company did not restore heat to the building.

Village code enforcers also found a few remaining violations.

Inspectors were called to the apartment complex by fire officials on Wednesday, after a 19-month-old baby got stuck in a heating vent.

"Once we got into the basement we decided there was an issue with the heating system. Based on that, and some other things we saw in the basement, we said, we are here now we're going to go through the rest of the building. We went through each apartment, I believe there's 12 in that complex, and there were numerous other code violations that were found," said Johnson City Public Works Director Bob Bennett.

The building was condemned after that inspection, and tenants were evacuated from the complex.

Monday is the earliest they would be able to move back into their homes.

But that's only if the landlord corrects all violations.

Neither code enforcement agencies do inspections over the weekend.

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