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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