By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,306)
“We’ll be removing the balconies next week,” said Jim Sanders, Inc. of Reflections, a maintenance company that has been retained to correct violations of the city’s code against rental properties owned by Harry Krigman, a resident of Cape Elizabeth. Sanders said he would paint 563 Cumberland Avenue first and then remove the balconies. 563 Cumberland Avenue is the building from which a tenant, Donnie Stain, fell to his death from a second floor balcony on April 22, 2015 in the afternoon.
Following Stain’s death, the City ordered the balconies closed to the use of tenants in the 11-unit building and that the owner either remove the balconies, repair them or come up with a plan on how to correct the situation. Krigman chose the latter option.
Three other properties belonging to Krigman were inspected as well earlier this month. 9 Cedar Street. Among general maintenance problems, smoke detectors were missing from three bedrooms in the units. 289 Cumberland Avenue had electrical violations as well as fire code violations. Another property located at 218 Walton Street had violations in the maintenance of plumbing fixtures and fire protection, including a lack of smoke detectors in the bedrooms.
One source close to the situation said he did not trust the landlord to make all the corrections needed. On-going roof problems have not been corrected and that the paint job is only an attempt to cover up what will not be fixed.
The death of Donnie Stain, 54, was the second in a period of five months in the city of Portland. Last November a fire on Noyes Street resulted in the death of renters – that sparked outrage as well as the formation of a Fire Safety Task Force – that recommended the formation of an office at city hall.
Krigman was given a deadline within which the fix the violations. or face legal action by the city.