West Orange apartments to be razed after Ida-triggered landslide

An image taken last month of the complex with the landslide visible (Getty, Google Maps)

An apartment complex in West Orange, New Jersey, is slated to be demolished after a landslide triggered by Hurricane Ida.

A lawyer for Ron Jolyn Apartments on Northfield Avenue announced the shave in a meeting last Thursday, reports NJ.com, after three engineering firms recommended that the complex be razed due to the danger posed by a rocky slope behind building.

Several parked cars and the apartment complex were damaged by the landslide. Langan, an engineering firm brought in by the owner’s claims adjuster, reportedly determined there was “a high risk of another failure, which would likely result in significant property damage and loss of life.”

On Monday evening, 45 families were evacuated from the complex to a local hotel between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. without warning.

Ron Jolyn Apartments owner John Jakimowicz was not at Thursday’s meeting, where attorney Steven Eisenstein handed out checks to tenants covering repayment of security deposit, returned October rent and $ 1,250 per unit for moving assistance.

West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi said the township will pay for accommodation until displaced families find new homes.

“We’re going to be here until each of you is settled,” Parisi said, according to NJ.com.

Evacuees received a list of local apartments available for rent, as well as information on a pantry and relocation assistance. Because Essex County was declared a federal disaster area after Ida, a FEMA team was also present at the meeting and received requests for assistance from evacuees.

The storm in early September hit parts of the northeast, killing at least 13 people and causing between $ 16 billion and $ 24 billion in damage, according to a CoreLogic study. The report says about 90 percent of the storm’s impact focused on New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Although the CoreLogic study highlighted improvements to infrastructure following extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, deaths from the storm raised new concerns about illegal apartments in the basement or underground. at least 11 people were killed in flooding from the storm.

[NJ.com] – Holden Walter Warner

Virginia F. Goins