Crescent Creek manager explains utility problem

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

DURANT, OK - We told you Monday night about residents at Crescent Creek Apartments in Durant being forced to move out. But now, we hear from the manager of that property.

Tenants say they didn't receive enough notice and now the complex manager explains why they're turning off the utilities.

Residents at Crescent Creek had a lot to say. Some of them upset with the complex's owner, others who are only mad they have to leave.

"This place been home the past two years." Brad Hill is living at Crescent Creek while he finishes school, and he only has six weeks left. But Wednesday, he begins the end of his senior year in college, without utilities.

A choice that he says wasn't his. "If I move out, I have to move home and won't be able to finish school."

The Department of Housing and Urban Development ended its section eight contract with the owners of Crescent Creek, after officials say the apartment complex failed inspection. So people were told to find a new place to live.

Crescent Creek Manager Susan Harrit says the owner is letting people stay at their current rent price, but the complex is operating in the red.

Harrit says, “The monthly bills are $45-50,000 a month. So he stretched it as far as he could and depleted his own personal accounts, and he just can't do it anymore."

Harrit says owner Steve Reynolds is being forced to shut off the utilities because he owes $16,000. But she says the complex will stay open for now.

Harrit says, “I will still be here. There are a lot of residences that don't want to leave. They are filling up their bathtubs and sinks getting ready to not have water."

Hill says he has friends to help him out, “I could, because ask and you shall receive, but I don't want to be a burden."

So for now Hill says, "I’m hoping I have enough jugs of water saved up."

Most residents say they don't think enough notice was given about the water, sewer and gas getting shut off, but Harrit says she been giving notices since January for people to start paying since HUD wouldn't be. She says because most didn't pay, it's come down to this.

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  • by Mork Location: Ork on Mar 31, 2008 at 05:12 AM
    Steve Reynolds is a slum lord??? Wow - what a dude won't do to make a buck. LMAO!
  • by paying my own way Location: durant on Mar 30, 2008 at 08:59 PM
    " God bless the "angel(s)" who swept in and saved the helpless of Crescent Creek once again! But, who is going to pay their water and gas bills next month, and the months to follow? The $16,000.00 donated should have been used to train these tenants with an employable skill. "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him to fish and he will eat for life!" My children and I both went to school with many of the tenants out there and there are many, NOT`ALL, who just do not want to work! Just because you have a young child does not mean you can't work!! Here's a thought......Get a job and pay your own bills! There are many tenants out there who have young children, lay around the house all day long drawing every kind of assistance available, won't work but can be heard talking about going to the local kareoke bar every weekend. How is that possible?? This has to be stopped! I have seen this happen time and time again. If I was Steve Reynolds, I wouldn't pay one more dime on those apts. and force the scum out!! "
  • by Former Renter Location: Durant on Mar 27, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    I lived in those apartments in the 70s. We were married with a baby and most of the other residents were college students and working class. We took pride in our new unit and stayed for four years, paying our own rent. I moved away and upon arriving and reading the papers, couldn't believe the condition and activity there. It's time to take them down and clean up the south side. I haven't been near there in 15 years ... out of fear.
  • by Erick Gent Location: Denison on Mar 27, 2008 at 02:32 PM
    These are some of the funniest comments I have read. That apartment complex has been a slum since I was a kid. Different owner same renting low lives (not all but 95% or so). And to the resident who told everyone to suck it - maybe if you didn't suck it, you wouldn't be in the situation you are in now. I guess you expect us to support your children when they grow up and rent there too!
  • by wondering Location: southside on Mar 27, 2008 at 08:00 AM
    The water's off..can meth labs operate without running water?
  • by TX Location: Texas on Mar 27, 2008 at 06:18 AM
    After seeing some of the women that live there, here is an idea. Make them get their fat butts on a bike and generate some electricity.
  • by Mark Location: Durant on Mar 26, 2008 at 09:43 PM
    me: Please make sure you understand what you read before you comment. I stated only what the news archives on here said. This show how smart you are.. Back at ya!
  • by Anonymous Location: DURANT on Mar 26, 2008 at 02:48 PM
  • by me Location: durant on Mar 26, 2008 at 01:28 PM
    Mark and Jason. This should show just how smart you are. HUD didnt change their mind. Section 8 is the one who pulled their contract, HUD stepped in to help and said they wouldnt pay the rent for those apts, however because of tenants petitioning HUD said as long as the units will pass the inspection they would pay. So for the month of Feb. and March rent should have been paid by the tennants and it was not. So now they are being forced to leave but it is really the tenants problem for not payin what they owe.
  • by TX Location: Texas on Mar 26, 2008 at 01:20 PM
    Dear Residents. Its called "lifes not fair". Get used to it.
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