Residents of downtown seniors home say AC was off for 10 days

After at least six hot days and sweaty nights, the air conditioning at Old York Tower seniors’ home on The Esplanade is back on.

On Wednesday afternoon before the air conditioning had been restored Dorothy Creaser, 83, sat in her apartment with blinds drawn, a fan blowing hot air around the near-dark living room.

Wednesday’s forecast read 28 degrees at 2:30 p.m.

Though building personnel who identified herself as Rose, said the AC had been off for six days, Creaser says she was without air conditioning for 10 consecutive days.

There is one person who lives in the building who is 102, Creaser said.

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“I feel (management) has jeopardized the health and safety in the building,” said Creaser, who has lived in the building for 20 years. “I think they should all be changed.”

Creaser uses a wheelchair and grapples with multiple medical conditions — she is a heart patient, she said. Around her neck dangled a lifeline device.

“I wear an alert because of health issues, and last night I was really tempted to press this thing,” she said before the air conditioning was activated. “I’m a diabetic, too, so my feet are swelling in my own apartment. It’s the heat, definitely. I woke up in the middle of the night and the bottom sheet and pillow were wet — and I mean wet.”

The biggest concern is the lack of communication from the board of directors and the property management firm, said Creaser. The Star made several attempts to reach the president of the board, but he failed to comment; Affordable Property Management Inc. oversees the non-profit residence and also did not respond to requests for comment.

There was a notice posted in an elevator two days after the air conditioning broke, Creaser said, which indicated the problem was being addressed.

“The latest notice said the part is en route from the U.S.,” said Creaser. “I guess they think we’re all senile. They talk to us like we’re 5 (years-old).”

Outside the building Hernando Perez, who’s lived in the building for seven years was sitting on a bench near the entranceway.

“It’s too hot,” he said.

Another resident said many seniors are being picked up by family and taken someplace cool.

Heather Anderson, 78, had been searching for an AC unit for her window at Canadian Tire earlier in the day.

“I have looked into a couple of portables,” she said. “I’m thinking it might be a good investment if they don’t put a new system in here. They are trying to fix it, but 20 years is a long time for the same system to run, and we believe it’s kaput.”


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