BANGOR – After several complaints about possible code violations within Bangor’s Hope House, city officials say steps have been taken to correct the issues.
The Hope House Health and Living Center serves as a shelter and health care provider for some of the region’s homeless population.
After recent complaints about the building’s bathrooms, windows and sewerage system, code enforcement officers with the city of Bangor stepped in to evaluate.
“We treated this one like every concern we get,” said Bangor’s Director of Code Enforcement Jeff Wallace. “We go and investigate. If there are things there that merit some action we enforce that. If they’re in compliance than we say thanks for being in compliance.”
Screwed windows and sewerage backups were two complaints that Wallace said, after being looked at closer, weren’t in violation of any codes.
Penobscot Community Health officials say dorm room windows are screwed shut for the safety of guests so that dangerous or illegal things can’t make their way in and out of the building. As far as fire safety, Wallace says the building was covered.
“Although it’s kind of counter intuitive to what people think…you hear window screwed shut, you think ‘oh jeez that can’t be right’. Well, they meet some exemptions on the code,” Wallace said.
The last complaint had to do with a dark substance found on the ceiling above a bathroom shower.
“When we were notified of the issue we investigated,” said Penobscot Community Health Care Chief Infrastructure Officer Ed Marsh. “We found that we had a ventilation issue. We ended up correcting that by replacing all the motors, and then we tore the bathroom apart and put new finishes in. And that’s already been completed.”
A picture sent to the ABC 7 and FOX 22 email shows what that dark substance looked like, but it has since been fixed. Marsh says despite it looking like mold, after work was done, only surface level mildew was found.