Condo crisis: New calls for investigation

Condo crisis: New calls for investigation

TEMPLE HILLS, MD (WUSA9) - A Maryland state senator is calling for the Maryland Attorney General to investigate whether mismanagement or theft may have played a role in the financial failure of a 219-unit condo complex that has left some residents homeless.

“All that money went somewhere,” said Sen. C. Anthony Muse.

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Muse made his comments as Washington Gas restored service to the Lynnhill Condominiums on Good Hope Ave in Temple Hills Monday. PEPCO turned power back on Friday.

Both utilities were ordered to restore service by Maryland’s Public Service Commission late Friday after a four-day outage. The utilities cut service because the condo complex owes more than $1 million with little prospect it will be able to come up with a financial workout after a Federal judge vacated its 2nd attempt at chapter 11 bankruptcy in May.

Prince George’s County officials plan to lift a condemnation order on the complex after inspections are completed after the utility restoration. The buildings have at least 22 outstanding code violations that still need to be corrected.

The restoration of utilities and reversal of the condemnation order comes  too late for many of the 116 families that were affected by the crisis. Many have moved out, some to homeless shelters.

Muse said he is working with state and federal housing officials and Lynnhill’s current condo board to come up with a long term solution. The current board has been in place since February.

A circuit court judge is expected to decide this week whether to grant a restraining order that could prevent another utility shut off while the condo board, creditors, owners and government officials attempt to work out a long term solution.


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