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Apartment Residents: We Want Mold Complaints Investigated

Residents at Central Park Place Apartments in Columbus say housing officials need to inspect the complex for black mold.

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Some senior citizens in Columbus are worried that something black--and toxic--is growing in their apartment buildings.

Residents at Central Park Place Apartments want federal housing officials to inspect the complex for mold.

The Miller-Valentine Group, which owns the complex, says a previous mold issue was resolved and that the complex is mold-free.

Resident Lora Sites disagrees.

Stiles told The Republic newspaper in Columbus that "black stuff" is growing in some top-floor apartments, around bathroom registers, and on a wall near the third-floor garbage chute. She said she first heard about the black stains in August. 

Most people thought the black stains were mildew, Sites told the paper, but residents are now concerned that it's actually mold.

Diana Patterson, community manager at the complex, addressed the mold concerns in a statement issued Sept. 29:

"The management team at Central Park Place was made aware of a patch of mold in the trash chute closet and immediately and properly cleaned the area. A certified HVAC contractor was brought in to find and repair the leak, thus eliminating the potential for this situation to reoccur. The Housing Authority of the City of Columbus, as well as the Bartholomew County Health Department inspected and approved the repair."

Patterson went on to say that the Miller-Valentine Group "has a strong inspection and prevention program" and is quick to respond to any maintenance and safety concerns.

(Photo by WIBC, screencap from Google Maps.)

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