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Most residents back at Summit Hill, but some not staying for long

MADISON (WKOW) — While most residents at Summit Hill Apartments in Madison are back in the building, some aren’t staying for long.

Crystal Wood and Elise White live adjacent to the apartments damaged by the collapse.

“A few days after it happened, they called me up and asked us if we would like to cancel our lease, like there would be no penalty to us,” White said. “The reason was they had no where to move the both of us.”

A spokesperson for RMK Management said that everyone should now be able to go back other than two directly affected apartments. He said those who couldn’t move back would have been offered temporary housing. Management staff in Madison had no comment Tuesday.

“Apparently we can’t move back in here,” White said. “I don’t know why, but I’m going to guess there might still be something wrong with this apartment.”

Crystal and Elise’s apartment is next to the two that were above the construction that collapsed. They said that while they didn’t see any signs of damage in their own apartment, they don’t feel safe, so they decided to move right away.

“Either way, I wanted to move as soon as I found out what happened,” White said. “Because this is terrifying. Like my friend said, it was easily avoidable.”

The City of Madison says that they have not yet issued any citations, including to the contractor they say was working on the building without proper permits before the collapse.

RMK has identified that contractor as Meyer Painting and Drywall. 27 News has called Meyer Painting & Drywall and was told they would get back to us, but they have not.

Andrew Merica

Reporter/Producer, 27 News

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