‘We’re Suffering’: Residents Without Air Conditioning At OKC Apartment Complex Ask For Management’s Help


Thursday, June 17th 2021, 10:16 pm
By: Barry Mangold


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Residents of a southwest Oklahoma City apartment complex are asking for their property managers to help restore air conditioning. 

Anthony Brown, an apartment renter for multiple years, said he and his neighbors have felt temperatures crack 90 degrees inside their unit in the past week. 

“You can’t get any sleep. I stay in the shower off and on just to survive,” said Brown. “We're literally suffering out here.” 

Thursday afternoon, the Oklahoma City Fire Department and an EMSA ambulance responded to the Creekside Apartments on South Agnew Ave. for a heat-related call. When they arrived, the patient was suffering from a seizure, according to OKCFD. 

The two agencies have responded to more than 30 medical calls to the complex since May 1, or in the last 47 days. 

Brown said he’s also recently experienced medical issues that landed him in the hospital because of the extreme heat. 

“I’ve been to the hospital twice cause my heart starts skipping beats. And they say it’s brought on by the heat and that I need to get into a cooler environment,” said Brown. 

Staff inside the Creekside Apartments office demanded News 9 leave the property Thursday afternoon. They declined to comment. 

Jose Belman of Capital Homes Investments LLC, a California-based company, has owned the property since 2019. Belman said they removed the management company from Creekside on May 30 and have since found a new manager. 

“We brought in a new property management who I believe will turn around this property,” Belman said in an email. He said the “chiller system” will be operating by close of business Friday. 

Residents said relief can’t come soon enough. 

“I’ll be turning 60 years old this year, and I’m kind of young compared to a lot of the older people that live here,” Brown said. “And if it’s hurting me this bad, I know it’s hurting them.”