A towering condo complex in Atlantic City is warning residents not to approach their balconies due to structural issues.
Those who live in the Ocean Club condominiums, located along the Atlantic City boardwalk, say they are frustrated.
“Am I afraid the building will collapse? No. But I certainly expect them to get on with it and get things done,” says resident Maryanne Quince.
An engineering company is currently working to assess the problem.
A letter sent to residents reads in part: “…some of the [the balconies] may not be safe to use due to damage to railing anchors and the discovery of loose concrete in some areas, creating the possibility of a serious life safety hazard involving balconies and anyone using the sidewalk below.
Some residents say the resort has stopped checking balconies for issues.
“Previously, every year these guardrails were checked and some of them needed to be re-faced, but they stopped checking them about 2 and a half years ago and that’s that problem,” says Jane Halligan, resident.
Residents say their frustration comes mostly from the condo’s board, which they say delayed dealing with the issue too long. They fear that as residents they will now have to foot the bill for repairs.
“The council has changed hands and the people who are now in power are trying to really organize things,” Quince says. “But for a few years there, it took a different path and it wasn’t the right one.”
“They were putting up cameras, planting flowers, doing everything but the structure of the building…and we’re paying the price now,” says Halligan.
Complex management would not comment on the matter. Meanwhile, the board has set up an opportunity for residents to speak with the engineers about the issues.
Residents say the building has about 750 condos, some of which are only occupied during the summer months.