Frustration Grows For Upper Darby Apartment Complex Residents - FOX 35 News Orlando

Frustration Grows For Upper Darby Apartment Complex Residents Without Heat

Posted: Updated:
A sign for "The Gardens" office is seen in Upper Darby. Residents say they are still without heat. A sign for "The Gardens" office is seen in Upper Darby. Residents say they are still without heat.
UPPER DARBY, Pa. -

An Upper Darby apartment complex is still without heat, past a deadline by which the owner said a broken heating system would be repaired.

At least 65 apartments at The Gardens on Radbourne Rd. in Upper Darby are still making due with space heaters provided by the complex.

But as the temperatures fall, many are getting frustrated.

On Monday- the day by which apartment management said the heat would be back on when FOX 29 visited in late November- the system was not yet ready to go.

Sharea Douglas lives here with her 26-month-old son, Nakiyah.

He was born premature and suffers from chronic lung disease and spends all day tethered to a respirator.

He's just getting over a bout with pneumonia.

"I just double up on a lot of blankets and make sure I have clothes and stuff for him to wear through the night," Douglas told FOX 29s Bruce Gordon.

Some morning cooking warmed the apartment up nicely on Monday. But mostly it's the small space heater that keeps the place livable.

When it gets cold in here, what goes through Sharea's mind?

"Everything. I've been through too much with this little boy already."

Why not just move?

It's not that easy, says Douglas. "There's not that many apartments and housing that are suitable for children or people that are disabled-- who are on ventilators."

Sharea's apartment is just across the street from the management office. The woman inside closed up as soon as Gordon arrived.

But moments later, the man in charge of the complex- "Matthew"- called to accuse us of portraying this situation in a negative light.

The man who's actually doing the work now says it will be nearly Christmas before the new heating system is ready to go- and it must first be checked out by state inspectors.

Sharea looks at her sick little boy and counts the days.

"My fear is that I can't find another place that is suitable for him and he has to go back into a nursing home."

The space heaters handed out by management add to their renters' electric bills. So "Matthew"- who says he's doing the best he can- has agreed to compensate those who contact the office, by reducing their monthly rent by the amount their electric bill has grown.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:45:07 GMT
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
  • Teenage Boy Reported Missing In Camden

    Teenage Boy Reported Missing In Camden

    Teenage Boy Reported Missing In Camden

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:06 AM EDT2014-04-21 05:06:41 GMT
    Officials say Michael Edwards was last seen when he left his home on the 700 block of Berkley Street. He is described as a black male 5’5, 120 points, with brown eyes and black hair.Officials say Michael Edwards was last seen when he left his home on the 700 block of Berkley Street. He is described as a black male 5’5, 120 points, with brown eyes and black hair.
    Camden County Police are looking for a 15-year old teenage boy reported missing Saturday night.
    Camden County Police are looking for a 15-year old teenage boy reported missing Saturday night.
  • Police Search For Person Of Interest In Collingdale Hit-And-Run

    Police Search For Person Of Interest In Collingdale Hit-And-Run

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:05 AM EDT2014-04-21 05:05:34 GMT
    A man was struck by a SUV in Collingdale early Saturday morning. Police responded to reports of a hit and run on the 900 block of Bedford Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Upon arrival, they found a Range Rover crashed into a Chrysler 300 and a man was also laying the lawn of 919 Bedford Avenue covered in blood. The victim was transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center. He is in surgery with severe head and severe lower b...
    A man was struck by a SUV in Collingdale early Saturday morning. Police responded to reports of a hit and run on the 900 block of Bedford Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Upon arrival, they found a Range Rover crashed into a Chrysler 300 and a man was also laying the lawn of 919 Bedford Avenue covered in blood. The victim was transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center. He is in surgery with severe head and severe lower b...
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices