(WALA) Bayou La Batre, Ala. - Residents at a Bayou La Batre senior citizen complex said their possible mold issue is finally being addressed.
On Monday, April 29, AHEPA 310 Senior Apartment resident Darrell Holman told FOX10 News he believed possible mold in his AC units and window sills was making him and some of his neighbors sick.
"When I went to the doctor, they x-rayed my chest and said ‘You got an infection, and it's serious," said Holman.
Holman contacted FOX10 News when he felt his concerns and requests for mold inspection results were ignored.
Now Holman said the issue is finally being addressed. Sometime Tuesday or Wednesday management put a note on resident's door saying, "We will be cleaning AC units."
Residents told FOX10 News the letter is a step in the right direction.
"Thank goodness. Hopefully, this will be taken care of, and won't stop until it all gets finished," said one resident, who asked not to be identified.
FOX10 News spoke to one of AHEPA's top officials about Holman's complaint.
"We want to do everything we can to make sure they have a good clean environment in which to live," said Chairman of the Board Nick Stratus.
Stratus said he received Holman's mold inspection results May 1. His attorney, Winston R. Grow, told us the results.
"It's my understanding there's been some accusations that there's mold in the building and what the AHEPA has done is they had a mold investigator come out and take a look at it. And I think what he has generally found is there is nothing other than what is common household mold," said Grow.
Grow said the inspection also made some recommendations.
"The report basically says that what needs to be done is some ordinary cleaning, use dust masks, safety glasses and gloves, and steam clean the carpet in the living room," said Grow.
Holman said he is glad he spoke out about his concerns.
"I don't feel no regrets whatsoever about what I said. If you can't stand for what you believe in, what can you stand up for?" he said.
Grow said AHEPA will help Holman clean up the mold if he needs assistance. He also said every single AC unit in the complex will be cleaned by the end of the week.
Residents are welcome to share their concerns about possible mold in their apartments at a meeting this weekend.
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