Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Despite the damage that has made six apartments at Southlake Village uninhabitable for now, all of the displaced residents have told the property manager they want to return.
One of them, Justin Zoucha, has lived at Southlake Village for nearly three years. As he showed KAKE News the damage in his apartment Wednesday afternoon, Zoucha said he wants to stay because of the sense of community in the apartment complex.
His apartment in Building Eight smells of mold and mildew. There's heavy water damage throughout the home. That damage was sustained during a 32-hour standoff between police and 24-year-old Jared Woosypiti last week. Woosypiti was killed by police at the end of the standoff.
Zoucha still has received no official word of what caused all the damage in his apartment, directly below the unit Woosypiti broke into during the standoff.
"I heard that they ran a water hose in here for like six, seven hours trying to get him to come out," Zoucha said. "At one time, there was standing water up to your knees in here."
Zoucha does not have renters insurance, but despite losing many of his belongings, he wants to continue living at Southlake.
"There's bad eggs everywhere you go," he said. "It's not necessarily their fault."
Jennie Maison, who has lived at Southlake since 1978, is not surprised Zoucha and his neighbors want to stay.
"Not at all," Maison said. "I've been out here for a very long time and all of us just kind of hang together. We look out for each other and it is a great place to live. It's always been a safe place to live."
Corby Bergin, who was moving into Building Eight Wednesday, said he already feels that sense of community after meeting just a few neighbors.
"They all seem really nice; very friendly," he said. "All of them seem to be trying to work together to help one another, especially with the people that lost their apartments over this whole thing."
Zoucha said neighbors are exactly why he wants to stay.
"Very good neighbors," he said. "Very trustworthy neighbors."
Southlake Village property manager Brent Davis said he is scheduled to meet with insurance adjusters at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. After that meeting, Davis said, he will have a clearer picture of how much the renovations of the six damaged units will cost and who will be paying for them.