One elevator at Cascades Grandview working again

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- While the electricity has been restored and the condemnation at the Cascades Grandview apartments has been lifted, the property's owners could be fined if the building's elevators are not back in order soon.

While the left of the pair of elevators in the building is working again, the right one is not.

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Several tenants said they intend to move out due to the complex's problems, despite that they were offered a $150 discount on their next month's rent and an additional 50 percent off each day their apartment went without air conditioning.

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While the spotty air conditioning has been one issue, many tenants hit their boiling point on Wednesday when the building was condemned due to its total loss of power.

Power to the building was cut because the building's management was not paying the utilities, which Duke Energy officials said they had warned was a possibility for months.  The building also had no emergency lights.

Apartment staff on Thursday apologized for the power outage in a written letter.  But even when power to the building was restored, the elevators were not functional.

Greensboro city inspectors on Friday gave property managers 48 hours to get the elevators working before imposing a fine against the company that owns the building, which is based out of Henrico, Va.

As of 8:15 a.m., only the left of the two elevators appeared to be in service.

A city utilities truck was spotted circling the complex's parking lot Monday morning, but there hasn't been any word as to whether a fine will be imposed.

Over the weekend, some residents said they met with officials at the Interactive Resource Center in Greensboro to discuss other affordable housing options.

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