Sunday, February 28, 2016

Horizons - Flooded Basement Apartments

Flooding on 2/24/16
Apparently, city officials finally did take heed into tenant's ongoing complaint at the former Tepper's building. To think we were even accused of making things up, really? Yes, there are basement apartments at the Horizons and it is shocking to know that no one from the city knew this. What is more shocking and disappointing, is that the tenant who wishes to remain anonymous had all requests for help ignored, both by building management and city officials since October of last year. See OPRA request submitted to the administration that went unanswered and also letter sent to Plainfield Action Services (PAS) where our Mayor was copied (dated last year):

Nevertheless, we are happy to be informed that the city and building officials finally listened and are now looking into these mysterious basement apartments at Horizons that no one knew about. Stay tuned for updates and don't forget, The Pulse of Plainfield is here to advocate for the community.

Follow your own rules Plainfield!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

A New Era of Plainfield Politics

I'm sure Plainfield is buzzing. The Mayor has chosen his candidates to run for City Council. His picks?
Charles McRae for Third Ward
Rebecca Williams for At Large
We are happy to officially announce here at The Pulse of Plainfield, as Independent Democrats, we will be supporting the duo we know will bring about positive change to Plainfield. We are so proud to announce our support of candidates:
Tracey L. Brown for At Large
Alma Blanco for Third Ward
Please stay tuned for updates on our campaign trail! A campaign is nothing without the will of the people. Let us put community first before everything and let us be a city where everyone counts!


Monday, February 22, 2016

Horizons - Basement Apartments?

Did anyone know that Horizons at Plainfield has basement apartments? Apparently there are four basement apartments. The featured image is of sump pumps that were installed outside of the subterranean windows of the apartments due to ongoing flooding issues.

Water seepage & window view
The basement apartments have windows that have a great view of brick walls that contain the sump pumps and have a secured crate on top. So if there is a fire, how would a tenant escape?

The masonry in the basement is deteriorating. Is this safe for tenants living in basement living spaces?
Masonry/Column deterioration
Whatever happened to the planned Senior Center they planned on putting in the basement? The City was not able to utilize the space for another benefit for the community? Looks like now the entrance to the planned Senior Center is now blocked off. What are they hiding?

If tenants in this building are complaining of any safety violations, are they being addressed in a proper manner by the Administration? Are they doing so in a way where tenants do not have to fear any form of retaliation? What is the turn-around time for addressing code violations and inquiring if the proper permit and certificates were filed? One may ask, was there ever a variance issued for this building to allow subterranean apartments?

If anyone else in the community is concerned about any safety and code violations in their buildings, please let us know. When we come forward with what is hidden, that is when we get answers.

Keep Out Plainfield!