Mon., September 10, 2012 9:00am (EDT)

Mold, Leaks In City-Supported Apartments
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Savannah city leaders have touted Savannah Gardens as a public-private partnership to combat blight. Now tenants are reporting mold, mildew and leaks in a new apartment complex that received $13 million in city funds. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/kierduros/3883571478/>Chris Conroy via Flickr</a>.)
Savannah city leaders have touted Savannah Gardens as a public-private partnership to combat blight. Now tenants are reporting mold, mildew and leaks in a new apartment complex that received $13 million in city funds. (Photo Courtesy of Chris Conroy via Flickr.)
Tenants are reporting mold, mildew and leaks in a new apartment complex that received $13 million in city funds to replace outdated, low-income housing.

One former Savannah Gardens tenant, Asia Jones, has hired an attorney. She said standing water in her son's bedroom and an outbreak of mold not only forced her family to move but also sent her and her children to the hospital with respiratory illnesses.

City leaders have touted Savannah Gardens, a $100 million development, as a public-private partnership to combat blight.

Charice Heywood, president of Atlanta-based Mercy Housing Southeast which developed Savannah Gardens, says problems have been found in six or seven units and are being fixed.