To the Editor:
Urge inspection of potential health and safety hazards in Metra properties in Hyde Park.
The Metra retail properties under the tracks are using unsafe and illegal methods to address water damage in ceiling supports. Gutters are not legal to be installed inside, yet Metra has installed gutters in their retail stores. This is potentially dangerous to health and safety. The gutters invite mold and weaken the wooden beams that date back to the 19th century. Metra wanted me to put gutters in my store, but I refused.
Past incidents have occurred…in the property that was the florist shop, 1551 E. Hyde Park, where the ceiling collapsed (property was quickly boarded and bricked over and concealed following that incident); The Popcorn Lady, also sharing the same address, 1551 E. Hyde Park, where mold damage and improper installation of gutters was uncovered by an independent inspector (Raths, Raths, and Johnson, Inc. as seen on part 1 of the YouTube video); and the bike shop on 53rd was forced to close its door in the spring of 2015.
I am told that city inspectors will only investigate upon specific complaints about gutters or if the ceiling collapses. I want to prevent any further incidents by having the city inspectors investigate these potentially hazardous situations before “the ceiling caves in”.
Check out more of my story on YouTube. Go to “The Popcorn Lady”, Part 2.
Next call City Hall at 312-744-5000 or 311 and report this to the building inspectors and the Health Department.
It is suggested that you call later in the day to avoid frustration of calling during their “peak hours”.
Thank you for your assistance. You CAN make a difference.
The Popcorn Lady
Glorious Confectionery Lenoir, Inc.