Residents still living in damaged Detroit apartment building months after fire

Residents say apartments aren’t safe

Help Me Hank to the rescue: Problems plague Detroit senior complex
Help Me Hank to the rescue: Problems plague Detroit senior complex

DETROIT – Residents living in the Plymouth Square Apartments in Detroit reached out to Help Me Hank over concerns about the conditions in their apartments.

In May, a fire in one unit caused severe damage in other apartments. Since then, residents said that it’s not a safe or healthy environment.

Linda Harris, who lives in one of the apartments, said there is dust everywhere and that the carpet was removed and the floors were torn up.

Residents living in the Plymouth Square Apartments in Detroit reached out to Help Me Hank over concerns about the conditions in their apartments. (WDIV)

Harris’ apartment and several others were damaged after a fire broke out on the 10th floor. Other people who live in the building are reporting similar situations.

The Detroit Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department said it had no idea that people were living in situations like that until Local 4 reached out.

“We have to be notified and in this situation we were not,” said Jessica Parker with the building and safety department.

Since Local 4 got involved, the city has had an inspector on site. The city is aware of the situation and the property owner has gotten permits.

Residents living in the Plymouth Square Apartments in Detroit reached out to Help Me Hank over concerns about the conditions in their apartments. (WDIV)

A spokesperson for the team that manages the building sent the following statements:

“Property staff responded immediately on the 19th and the mitigation contractors and Director of Operations were on site and inspected the common areas and most of the affected units on May 20.”

“Our management team has offered residents affected by the situation financial assistance from the Red Cross and have presented tenants with the ability to temporarily relocate to a hotel as we complete construction.”

“In addition, each resident that sustained damage to their unit will receive a rent credit.”

Building management spokesperson

After the fire, the Red Cross offered $500 in assistance to each tenant and building management also said they offered to help those impacted.

Residents told said they only received assistance from the Red Cross and were only notified about the rent credit the same day Local 4 reached out to management.

Residents living in the Plymouth Square Apartments in Detroit reached out to Help Me Hank over concerns about the conditions in their apartments. (WDIV)

About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.