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Damaged Titusville apartment building condemned after Hurricane Irma

Bay Towers residents also displaced last year after Hurricane Matthew

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Two weeks after Hurricane Irma, dozens of displaced Bay Towers tenants are still living out of Titusville hotels such as the Best Western on Cheney Highway.

The situation is similar to what happened last year after Hurricane Matthew, but this time, the building is condemned.

"We wasted a lot of money on hotel bills and now we have nothing," said displaced resident Krystal Kolifrath.

Kolifrath, who is out $700 of her own money, said her family is now getting help from FEMA to keep them off the streets.

"We're just trying to get our stuff out. We're trying to figure out what's going on," Kolifrath told News 6 while returning to the apartment complex on U.S. 1 on Tuesday.

The mother of three and about 75 other tenants are kicked out after Hurricane Irma damaged the north building of Bay Towers.

The south building has been condemned since a fire damaged it in 2008.

On Monday, the city condemned the other building as well.

A year ago, the story was similar.

Hurricane Matthew also displaced all tenants from the apartment complex.

The city deemed the building uninhabitable, but it was not condemned.

Then two months later, after repairs were completed, Bay Towers reopened.

Management told News 6 on Tuesday that, even though the north building is now condemned, they again have an opportunity to fix the building and, as they did last year, they intend to reopen.

Back at the Best Western, displaced tenants agreed they won't come back, even if the building is fixed.

"We had just paid our rent, caught all the bills up," said former tenant Lachris Wells. "The days we weren't there for that month need to be reimbursed to us. Plus, the security deposit needs to come back."

"They're really not speaking to everyone. Every time we ask, they don't know anything," Kolifrath said about Bay Towers management.
 


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