A notice sent yesterday to all tenants of the 2100 Memorial senior-living facility just west of Downtown declares that the 14-story former Holiday Inn has been rendered “totally unusable for residential purposes” in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. All 198 elderly residents have been given 5 days to remove themselves and their belongings from their apartments.
The building is a tax-credit property of the Houston Housing Authority that includes both low-income and market-rate units. The notice, which came from V.J. Memorial Corp., a nonprofit entity owned by the authority, states that the company only recently learned that the building’s electrical and fire control systems were compromised by the flooding.
“Due to the damage and health & safety reasons, the building is uninhabitable and we must exercise our right under your lease to terminate the lease effective September 23, 2017,” reads the notice, a copy of which was obtained by Swamplot. A separate lease termination document sent in by a reader declares that “the damage to the Apartment is so extensive the Apartment has become as a practical matter totally unusable for residential purposes due to health and safety reasons. Furthermore, the damage could cause health and safety hazards to you and your family, if you returned to live in the Apartment in its present condition.” Residents have until 5 pm on the 23rd to get out: “If you do not remove your personal possessions by that time. we will be forced to remove your possessions and store them at a cost to you,” the document states.
The extent of the building’s damages may not have been apparent to residents in the immediate aftermath of the storm: Though floodwaters from adjacent Buffalo Bayou filled the building’s first floor up to the 5-ft. level, knocking out water service in the building and spurring 20 residents to seek temporary shelter at the George R. Brown convention center, most residents remained in the building — no living units are on the first floor — and water service was restored within days. A red warning tag (above) indicating the building’s fire alarm and fire protection systems were “inoperable or seriously impaired” was placed by an inspector late last week near the building’s construction entrance, where it may not have been seen by most residents, according to a reader; residents now use a new entrance on the building’s second floor. Here’s a photo showing the placement of that tag:
Representatives of Lynd, the company that manages the building, will be on site to answer questions, according to the notice sent to residents. FEMA representatives are scheduled to be available at the building today at noon.
Here’s the notice:
And a lease termination document:
Images: Swamplot inbox (tags and notices); Apartments.com (top photo); 2100 Memorial (second photo)