The city of Waterbury is stepping in to help address fire- and blight-code violations at the Bradley Gardens condominiums and are asking owners to pay a special assessment of about $400 per unit as repairs get underway.
Residents have reported mold, damaged walls, missing emergency lights and gaping holes in the ceiling, along with missing panels and a disconnected toilet. An in-ground pool at the complex is filled with garbage.
City officials toured the complex late last month to document evidence of neglect, and Judge Kari Dooley has been appointed co-receiver to oversee the repair process.
Andrew Gionta, of G&W Property Management, the condo association's court-appointed receiver of more than two years, doubts that $100,000 from the condo owners will be enough to cover the cost of fixing up the complex.
"There's quite a bit of damage down there," he said Thursday.
Waterbury Chief of Staff Joe Geary said the city has received countless complaints about blight at the complex, and attempts by police and fire officials to take action were unsuccessful.
Dooley is asking for monthly reports from G&W Property Management documenting progress on bringing the residences up to code.
Condo owners will need pay their share by the end of next week, but some say they're not convinced it will make a difference.
"I've been paying years and years, common charges, but nothing's ever done," explained condo owner Tony Huang, who said conditions were so bad, he and his wife moved to New York.
Huang said he's already paid more than $6,000 in fees and has yet to see any progress.