NEW GLASGOW – John Anderson wants to live in a place where he can breathe easy. Autumn Crest Apartments isn’t allowing that he alleges.
John Anderson says a strong smell in Autumn Crest Apartments in New Glasgow is exacerbating his health conditions. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
Anderson, who struggles with a myriad of health issues, says his problems have been exacerbated as of late by smells in the seniors apartment complex. The most recent issue has been a musty or mouldy smell that greets residents coming in the main entrance.
“It’s moving now into the other hallway,” Anderson said. “It was just out between the doors at first.”
He said he’s looked around outside and in the entryway when the smell has been particularly strong but can’t find a source.
Anderson has asthma and has also been fighting pneumonia, and because of certain medical conditions suffers from a compromised immune system, he said.
“I came in the other night and when that hit me in the face it caused me to have an asthma attack, which put me into respiratory distress because of the pneumonia.”
He said another related problem is that residents in the other apartments have tried to use sprays to cover up the smell. Those scented projects also aggravate his respiratory problems.
While many recognize that the problem exists, he said he’s the only one being outspoken about it.
“They’re all scared that if they make waves they’re going to be put out and when you’re on a low income you can’t afford to live anywhere else,” Anderson said.
He called everyone he could think of that might be able to help him, from the Eastern Mainland Housing Authority which oversees the building to the Nova Scotia Department of Health, trying to have the problem dealt with.
A cleaning crew did come down and sprayed Windex throughout the entryway to wash it down, he said. For a while the smell of the cleaner masked the foul odour, but it was back again the next day.
While he acknowledges that the housing authority isn’t responsible for his health issues, he believes to a certain extent they need to be aware of what the odours are doing to him.
“My health is your concern when your building caused me to be this way,” he said.
Nadine Frazer, director of the Eastern Mainland Housing Authority, said they have been made aware of the problem and stated that they did send the cleaners to wash the entryway. She said she’s asked the building supervisor to monitor the situation to see if that hasn’t fixed it.
“If the problem still persists then you have to look for another source,” she said.
When The News visited the apartments Thursday morning, the smell was still strong.
Anderson hopes something is resolved soon.
“All I want done is what’s said in the lease,” he said.