State Senator C. Anthony Muse said he will appear before a judge Thursday to try to get the power back on at Lynnhill Condominiums.
"Tomorrow we will go in to court. I'll testify. I'm asking citizens to come testify so that we can impress on the judges that it's not your fault," Muse said.
The senator, who represents Prince George's County, told a crowd of Lynnhill residents that he'd requested an emergency hearing from the attorney general.
His comments came during a visit to the building Wednesday evening.
All 216 units, 77 occupied, have been without power and gas since Tuesday afternoon.
"We're going in court for the following: One to make sure that there is some investigation into the management of this fund and how we got to this point,” Muse said. “We're not casting an aspersion; we want to know how we got here."
Second, he would ask about a transition plan and funds from the state.
"The money that we're requesting would be money that would be no more than a down payment on utilities, to the utility companies as a good faith effort say keep this place open," he said.
When asked where the money would come from, Muse said he did not know.
"We're not sure because we may not have to do that if the courts say, ‘turn these utilities on,’" he said.
For now, the senator said the plan is to fix one problem – make sure all of the displaced residents have a safe, warm place to stay.
Then, he said, they will figure out how and why this mess began.
Many cheered and thanked Muse, but some remained skeptical.
“They said the same thing last night,” said Monica Diaz, who rents a condo on the seventh floor.
As Muse stood and fielded questions from frustrated residents, a Salvation Army truck handed out food. For people like Diaz, it was a small relief.
When the power was turned off, she said she had nowhere else to go, and spent last night huddled with her dog. At this point, Diaz said she has little hope that things will get better at Lynnhill.
"I'm just praying that I get approved for a new apartment and get out of this mess,” she said. “There's just so much going on you don't know who to believe, who to trust, ‘cause you hear different stories all the time."
When asked about the hearing, a spokesperson for the attorney general did not confirm or deny that it would take place. Instead, the spokesperson provided two numbers that consumers could call to file complaints.
To file complaints with Attorney General Frosh, call 410-576-6952 or 410-576-6337.
Gov. Hogan's office did not respond to requests for comment at press time.