Cambridge residents protest conditions of Bradford House Apartments
CAMBRIDGE, Md. – Dozens of Cambridge residents protested outside the Bradford House Apartments on Tuesday demanding better living conditions for the people who live there, most of whom are elderly and disabled.
“The elevators, the floors aren’t kept clean, there’s mold and mildew in some apartments,” says Eric Young, a longtime resident of the Bradford House Apartments.
The Bradford House Apartment building was built in the 1980’s. Many say it’s falling into disrepair and hasn’t undergone any major renovations in decades. “Mold infestation from water from bathrooms pipes and damaged the rugs,” says LaShon Foster, the Third Ward Cambridge City Commissioner.
One of their top concerns is that only one of the elevators consistently works and some of the handles are missing on the emergency exits in the stairwells. “Right now the main issues are it’s a lot of elderly people in here that can’t get around. If a fire breaks out in here how are they going to get out on the fourth and third floor,” says Melody Hutchins, a resident of the building for the past four years.
Other residents say they’ve been living through the brutal summer heat year after year without a working air conditioner and pest control problems. “A lot of people here have breathing problems and have signs of asthma. I’m a cancer survivor and I can’t be around mold, termites, bed bugs,” says Linda Johnson, a 20 year resident of the apartment building.
Some tell 47 ABC, the maintenance team only consists of one person so they understand they can’t get everything done. However, they also attribute problems to the property managers. “Management. It seems like we can’t keep a manager. That’s how we get behind on a lot of things,” says Carvel Smith, a longtime resident of the Bradford House Apartments.
47 ABC spoke with the property managers at Tuesday’s rally and they say these complaints surprised them but they are willing to work with the residents to fix things. “I’ve only had one resident so far give me something specific but as soon as they let me know specifically who has what issues or if they want us to walk their units we are happy to address anything,” says Michele Folino, the Regional Vice President of Preservation Management Inc.
Folino tells 47 ABC they admit the repairs on the second elevator have taken longer than anticipated. They say the pandemic has impacted those repairs but they are still working to get that fixed.
Residents tell 47 ABC they just want their voice to be heard and hope the protest create some real change.