Residents of Lakewood Plaza apartments reportedly told to leave

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A caretaker for a few residents at Lakewood Plaza Senior Apartments in Norfolk tells 10 On Your Side that she received word that residents on one side of the building must leave by next week.

WAVY’s Matt Gregory reports that a sign inside the building said that some apartments inside the building has been deemed unlivable by the City of Norfolk.

According to city officials, a pipe burst inside the building. They haven’t confirmed what exactly may have been damaged or the extent of the damage.

The caretaker says she was called Friday by a resident at Lakewood to help pack up to move.

“She’s in dire straits,” Debbie Scanlon said. “She needs boxes to help move. She’s gotta be out by Tuesday, so that gives her less than three days to get out.”

Lakewood Plaza has previously experienced issues. An air conditioning problem in the summer of 2015 left residents without AC for nearly three weeks.

According to other residents, the pipe burst damaged some apartments and took power for others. One person showed 10 On Your Side a sign from inside that said an electrical engineer would be inspecting the building on Thursday.

Residents received a letter on Thursday. It told residents on one side of the building that restoration work would take longer than anticipated. All residents would have to find new places to live by next week. The move is temporary, but the apartment complex didn’t know how long it would take.

10 On Your Side tried to talk to Lakewood Plaza Senior Living Apartments’ management, but they asked us to leave and then called police.