REVERE, MASS. (WHDH) — Following the aftermath of a fire at a high-rise in Revere that evicted about 100 tenants on June 21, Mayor Brian Arrigo is blaming property owners for the slow reconstruction and is stepping up efforts to secure emergency administration for the building.
As the one-month anniversary of the fire approaches, Arrigo shared photos of the Waters Edge Apartments that showed unfinished walls, water pools and stray construction equipment. According to the mayor, the property owners, Carabetta Companies, have failed in their duty to the building’s tenants.
“It was absolutely unfortunate,” Arrigo said. “I’m so angry. I’m so sad. This organization has acted more like a criminal organization than it has a property management company.”
Some residents of the building expressed their frustration to 7NEWS.
“My son keeps asking when are we coming back?” said one woman, accompanied by her young son. “I don’t have an answer because nobody gives me an answer. I’m homeless.”
“It’s very frustrating day by day not knowing what you’re going to do, where you’re going to sleep tonight,” said another displaced person.
After the home was officially sentenced last month, Arrigo said the next step is foreclosure on all three of Carabetta Companies’ properties, noting not only the run-down conditions but also the company’s nearly $2 million in back taxes led.
“That dissatisfaction was only compounded by their inability to perform for our residents during one of the most difficult times anyone can go through,” Arrigo said.
Arrigo also said he hopes to redirect federal Covid relief funds to help displaced people find permanent housing.
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