AUSTIN (KXAN) — Residents who are still living in fire damaged units at the Wheless Manor Apartments have until Friday to find a new place to stay.
Last week, the City of Austin’s Code Compliance Department inspected the apartment and 32 units were issued notices: either were found for dangerous for occupancy, 16 were substandard and eight were designated as “Do Not Occupy.”
On Tuesday, one week after the original inspection, Code Compliance along with a third-party engineer conducted a another assessment of the property.
“The assessment prompted the issuance of several citations and a Notice of Violations with multiple code violations listed. The property owner(s) will be given until Friday to comply with the violation,” said Candice Cooper, a spokesperson for Austin’s Code Compliance Department.
Residents staying in the damaged units were asked by Code Compliance to vacate last week.
Property manager, Mark DeLoach, has been helping the residents find new housing but the search has been difficult since many of the people living there have disabilities and other circumstances which have kept them from living in other complexes.
“Our mission at this property was to serve people who were not being served,” said DeLoach. But he understands the need to vacate the damaged units.
“We believe that this action is needed, necessary, and warranted for the safety of the affected resident,” said DeLoach.