Apartment deemed unsafe, students shelter uncertain

Halfway through the school semester, more than 100 Clemson students have no idea if they will have a safe place to live when they return to class. Back in October, WYFF News 4 reported on local residents’ concerns after a carbon monoxide leak kept students out at the Dockside Apartments until almost 1am. Now one of the buildings has been classified as an unsafe structure. According to the owners, Fountain Residential Partners, part of the building’s sprinkler system pipe burst on Christmas Eve due to cold temperatures. Students said it flooded the building and caused water damage to all four floors. Clemson Fire Marshal Bryan Johnson deemed the building an unsafe structure on Wednesday, four days after the initial flooding, when an inspection found the water damaged the fire alarm, elevators and sprinkler system. The apartment must also be subjected to mold remediation. Student residents said they had countless questions and no answers so far. “Can I get my stuff, will I be able to come to my house,” senior Alexandra Laddaga asked. “Will I be taken to a hotel again? It’s just all these questions that just never get answered.” Clemson students are returning to class Jan. 11, and many like Laddaga and Carolina Muekler were planning to return early to settle in. Now they and more than 100 students like they have no idea if they will have a safe place to stay. “They don’t answer anyone either. Which doesn’t help. Nobody knows what’s going on. They don’t talk to anyone, so it’s like a nightmare,” said Mükler, a sophomore. “And financially it’s also an emergency even though we don’t know we’re paying the rent to Dockside and the hotel,” said mother Melissa Laddaga. “What’s the compensation? What are our options? Where are we going?” In emails to residents, the Port Authority said it has staff on site to deal with the issues.Johnson says they have a week to address the issues before the city returns for another inspection.Previous coverage in the video below: In the Meanwhile, they say their questions and fears have been met with unanswered calls and company statements. We have reached out to Dockside, their property managers, Landmark Properties and owners, Fountain Residential Partners. They emailed a statement saying: “Due Due to unprecedented freezing temperatures in the area, Dockside Clemson suffered burst pipes from the garage’s sprinkler system.The burst pipes resulted in a wa Water burglary that affected a section of Building 2. In addition to the water ingress into a portion of the building’s multi-family units, the building’s life safety components (sprinklers, elevator, fire signage, fire lights, etc.) were also damaged.). As a result, the City of Clemson Fire Marshal has declared that Building 2 cannot be occupied until life safety components are repaired and approved. We are working diligently to make the necessary repairs to the building to pass inspection so residents can return to their homes. Fountain Residential Partners is working to identify an action and resolution plan for all Dockside residents affected by the flooding. Dockside Clemson is owned by Fountain Residential Partners and Landmark Properties provides operational management. The building is under a fire station but the structure itself is intact.

Halfway through the school semester, more than 100 Clemson students have no idea if they will have a safe place to live when they return to class.

Back in October, WYFF News 4 reported on local residents’ concerns after a carbon monoxide leak kept students out at the Dockside Apartments until almost 1am. Now one of the buildings has been classified as an unsafe structure.

According to the owners, Fountain Residential Partners, part of the building’s sprinkler system pipe burst on Christmas Eve due to cold temperatures.

Students said it flooded the building, causing water damage to all four floors.

Clemson Fire Marshal Bryan Johnson deemed the building an unsafe structure Wednesday, four days after the initial flood, when an inspection found the water damaged the fire alarm, elevators and sprinkler system. The apartment must also be subjected to mold remediation.

Student residents said they had countless questions and no answers so far.

“Can I get my stuff, will I be able to come to my house,” senior Alexandra Laddaga asked. “Will I be put in a hotel again? It’s just all these questions that just never get answered.”

Clemson students are returning to classes on January 11, and many like Laddaga and Carolina Muekler were planning to return early to settle in. Now she and more than 100 students like her have no idea if they will have a safe place to stay.

“They don’t answer anyone either. Which doesn’t help. Nobody knows what’s going on. They don’t talk to anyone, so it’s like a nightmare,” said Muekler, a sophomore.

“And financially it’s also an emergency when we don’t know if we’re going to pay the rent for Dockside and the hotel,” said mother Melissa Laddaga. “What is the compensation? What are our options? Where are we going?”

In emails to residents, Dockside management said they have staff on site to deal with the issues. Johnson said they have a week to address the issues before the city returns for another inspection.

Previous coverage in the video below:

Meanwhile, they said their questions and fears were met with unanswered calls and company statements.

We reached out to Dockside, their property managers, Landmark Properties, and owners, Fountain Residential Partners.

They emailed a statement that said:

“Due to unprecedented freezing temperatures in the area, Dockside Clemson has suffered pipe ruptures from the garage’s sprinkler system. The burst pipes resulted in water ingress that affected a section in Building 2. In addition to the water ingress into a portion of the building’s multi-family units, the building’s life safety components (sprinklers, elevator, fire signage, fire lights, etc.) were also damaged.).

As a result, the City of Clemson Fire Marshal has declared that Building 2 cannot be occupied until life safety components are repaired and approved. We are working diligently to make the necessary repairs to the building to pass inspection so residents can return to their homes.

Fountain Residential Partners is working to identify an action and resolution plan for all Dockside residents affected by the flooding.

Dockside Clemson is owned by Fountain Residential Partners and Landmark Properties provides operational management.”

According to the city’s fire safety officer, an unsafe structure is one that endangers the life, health, property, or safety of residents or the public. Johnson said the building is under fire watch but the structure itself is intact.

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