BRUNSWICK

Residents of the 11-unit apartment building at 9 Dunning St. were scheduled to return home this morning, two weeks after they were ordered to leave by the town citing life-safety violations.

“We passed the fire inspection this morning,” said Bud Moody, the newly hired property manager for the building.

9 Dunning St. was condemned by the town’s fire department after failing for a year to come into compliance with the town’s ordinance. Work has been ongoing since Sept. 17 to make changes, and the town had arranged to house tenants at the Rodeway Inn in the Cook’s Corner area.

“They were out there quite a ways, and no one owns a car,” said Moody. “They’re ready.”

Some residents were placed at 9 Dunning St. by agencies such as the Brunswick Housing Authority and Sweetser.

Moody on Tuesday said he has been in regular contact with tenants, who he said are looking forward to leaving the motel.

“Mostly it’s boredom. When you don’t have a car, it’s almost like house arrest. It is kind of confining. They’re small rooms, and there’s not much else to do other than watch TV,” Moody said. “But they’re fortunate to have a roof over their heads.”

Moody noted that the town has delivered meals and provided food vouchers. “The town’s been really awesome,” he said.

Some additional work needs to be done, but Moody noted that four doors will have door skins installed on them designed to withstand a 20-minute fire. Moody must also lower one of the windows in an apartment to serve as an escape.

Moody, who will be living at the apartment building, said he will be there to “supervise the last few things that need to be done.”

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9 DUNNING ST. was condemned by Brunswick’s fire department after failing for a year to come into compliance with the town’s ordinance. Work has been ongoing since Sept. 17 to make changes, and the town had arranged to house tenants at the Rodeway Inn in the Cook’s Corner area.



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