Potential water problems at one of Tampa's signature low income housing project

Residents hopeful conditions will improve
Posted at 5:55 PM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 17:55:11-04

Danny Castrillion moved into the Reed at Encore, just weeks after the building went up last year.

"This is basically what I can afford right now," said Castrillion.

The 65 year old is on disability. Like many of his neighbors he couldn't believe he could call the seven store senior living center, home. A 32-million-dollar federal grant helped build Tampa's signature low income housing project.

But now there are reports of possible water damage in several units. Castrillion's apartment is ok. But he's worried.

"I like it here a lot but if the situation is dire then sure a lot of people would seek that alternative," said Castrillion.

The city wouldn't address concerns on camera. Referring us to their attorney. But the problems reportedly circle back to the original contractor Mid construction. The housing authority fired the company citing concerns over building practices. And now months later, these potential problems with leaks and possibly mold.

It's disheartening for Wilda Aldarondo. She relies on her son to help pay the bills. Moving here, she could do it on her own. But until the issue is addressed she wants to put it on hold.

"Well,  if it is like this, I need to check on other apartments because I do not want to move like this,"  said Aldarondo. "Yes, it sad."

State law gives the contractor a chance to make repairs, before they are sued. They did not return calls or e-mails.
But Castrillion feels hopeful the city will push to get things done. He recalls how officials worked tirelessly to get this complex built.

"I have faith in them when something goes wrong," said Castrillion.