Families moving after apartment boiler failure

January 11, 1996|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,SUN STAFF

Nineteen families at Riverdale Village Apartments in Middle River -- a rundown complex targeted for a Baltimore County takeover -- are being relocated after a boiler malfunctioned Sunday during the snowstorm and cut off heat.

The families have been given space heaters until they are moved and will be transferred to vacant apartments free, a management spokeswoman said yesterday. She would not say when the move will be complete.

"I'm tired of this place, the way things get run down and never get repaired properly," Angela Sherburne, a mother of four, said. "My husband and I are sleeping in the dining room, and our kids are doubled up in their beds under lots of blankets to keep warm."

Edward Davis said he woke his grandfather, Thomas Sothoron, 74, yesterday morning "and his feet were freezing."

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland has called for an inquiry into the finances of Riverdale owner Richard Schlesinger, who has continued to collect federal rent subsidies despite defaulting on a government-backed mortgage.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is foreclosing on a $5.4 million mortgage covering about half the 1,200 units. Federal officials have requested an audit to determine whether Mr. Schlesinger has been profiting from the operation while not paying the mortgage.

The county expects to take over and raze the units.

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