Future uncertain for Ike damaged apartments

October 8, 2008 9:07:33 AM PDT
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All the damage left by Hurricane Ike has yet to be cleaned, but as residents wait for insurance adjusters to assess the damage, they will also have to wait to find out if they will return to a remodeled complex or a new one with higher prices.

The Landing condominium complex on NASA Parkway was severely damaged by the category two storm. So much so, the city of El Lago deemed it unlivable and cut off power and water. Residents have been allowed in to check their units and collect personal items, however the future of the complex remains uncertain.

According to a city of El Lago ordinance, if damage is substantial to most of the complex, it will have to be brought up to current building codes. And the president of the board of co-owners says since the complex is about 40 years old, having to bring it up to current codes might mean rebuilding, not remodeling.

The city of El Lago and the board of co-owners are still awaiting the final insurance assessment to see whether the job will require remodeling or rebuilding.

It could take several more weeks before a final report is complete.

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