A state of emergency has been announced over the city of Michigan’s high-rise dangerous seniors’ residences
ADRIAN, MI – Lenawee County announced a state of emergency over the Adrian senior living tower that engineers deemed unsafe earlier this week.
All residents of the Riverview Terrace apartment complex were evacuated late Monday after engineers deemed the tower “unsafe” due to multiple instances of walls being separated from the ground, city officials said.
To provide emergency services to the approximately 200 displaced people, the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners announced a state of emergency with the town of Adrian, according to a Friday, July 29 statement.
“Due to this situation, these people have been displaced and are without shelter or other basic necessities,” the statement said.
The structural issues will take months to fix, officials said, and must be resolved before residents can return to the complex.
Riverview Terrace advertises itself as an apartment complex “for people aged 62 and over and for people with disabilities or permanent disabilities”, according to its Facebook page.
The Lenawee Community Foundation is accepting monetary donations on behalf of the town of Adrian to help evacuated residents of Riverview Terrace, according to a town statement.
Donations can be made directly to the Lenawee Community Foundation by check or online at lenaweecommunityfoundation.com. All donations must be labeled with the special designation of “housing crisis,” the statement said.
These donations will help senior residents with short- and long-term housing, as well as other needs currently being assessed, the statement said. The City of Adrian’s Emergency Operations Center and Riverview Terrace representatives are working with local agencies to respond and assess needs, the statement said.
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College Avenue and the adjacent sidewalk are closed from George Streets to Church until further notice, officials said, adding that people should avoid the Riverview Terrace property for safety reasons.
Residents, their families and those looking for more information can call 269-249-6934.
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