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Mold found in unit considered hazardous
By Thelma Guerrero-Huston • Statesman Journal • September 30, 2009
After sitting empty for more than 18 months, Orchard Village apartment complex in North Salem has been demolished.
There had been a number of issues with the 30-unit complex throughout the years, but its ultimate demise was caused by mold. In August 2007, Salem housing officials learned there was a significant amount of mold in an unoccupied unit.
“I had an empty unit tested by an industrial hygienist,” said former Salem Housing Authority Director Jerry Croft.
Officials determined conditions were serious enough to pose a potential health hazard and began moving the residents out to other facilities, he said.
The last family moved out in January 2008.
“We moved as quickly as we could, not just to avoid the liability, but to avoid the possibility that someone could get sick,” Croft said.
Before it could tear down the apartment complex, the city had to seek permission from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
It took the federal agency more than a year to respond.
The city has no definite plan on what could fill the two-acres of land in the 3100 block of Broadway St. NE.
“We’d like to put together a redevelopment,” Croft said.
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