Tenants Of Building Damaged By Crane Learning Options

Alan Scaia
June 11, 2019 - 11:52 am

DALLAS (KRLD) - More than 500 people are starting to learn options for new housing because of the damage at Elan City Lights apartments in Old East Dallas. Greystar, the company that manages the complex, says the building is not structurally sound because a construction crane across the street blew over and hit the building during Sunday's thunderstorms.

Greystar sent an email to tenants Monday evening, telling them they would be eligible for a $100 per diem and hotel accommodations through Friday night.

Starting Tuesday morning, tenants were able to get information about new housing across the street from the building at the Latino Cultural Center. Greystar said it would waive fees and security deposits for tenants who chose an apartment in another complex the company manages.

Apartment locators were also available at the cultural center for residents who chose another complex.

"This isn't the first time this has happened to me. I've been in three major accidents, and I've come out without a scratch," says one tenant who says he was standing in the building's parking garage when the crane hit. "I know you can rebuild and even stronger. Every time, I come back stronger with nicer things and a better attitude."

Because his apartment was so close to the spot where the crane hit, he says he will not be allowed to return.

"We have just the clothes on our backs and the grace of God that He saved our lives," he says.

Tenants will be refunded their rent for June, with checks available at the Latino Cultural Center starting Tuesday afternoon, and each tenant will receive an additional $500.