Failed safety inspections forced hundreds of residents of the SeaView Lofts apartment complex into Newport News more than a month ago.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Weeks of repairs and progress haven’t stopped SeaView Lofts elevators from failing inspection again.
Hundreds of residents were evicted from the Newport News apartment complex more than a month ago due to numerous failed safety inspections.
Testimony inside Newport News Circuit Court on Monday revealed temperature control issues with the engine room controlling the building’s elevators, leading code officers and inspectors unable to even fully test the elevators.
Crews have also noted that the extreme heat is one of the reasons elevator system mechanics cannot function as they should. Friday’s inspections also revealed a new source of water leakage on the building’s 15th floor.
A judge ordered the owner to pay for a 5-year elevator test. It’s a one-day test itself, but it offers no indication of when residents can go home.
The judge set a new court date for this Friday, August 5, but clarified something in the courtroom: the owner of the SeaView Lofts building must physically show up saying, “I want him here.”
So far, only his lawyers have appeared in court.
City officials in court also mentioned a “new manager.” 13News Now has confirmed through a city spokesperson that it is their understanding that SeaView Lofts’ latest property manager has decided to leave.