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July 1, 2013

Sandy Bay Estates faces town sanctions

ROCKPORT — Paragon Properties, which manages Rockport’s Sandy Bay Estates housing complex, prides itself on “a model of excellence and perfection,” according to the Needham-based company’s website.

Rockport’s health agent, however, has found anything but.

Residents brought complaints to the Rockport Board of Health late last month and health agent Leslie Whelan soon followed up with an inspection, mainly in and around Building 7 in of the complex.

From sewer lines to trash pile ups and everything in between, Whelan documented a laundry list of violations — including numerous violations in the laundry room itself.

A number of violations were classified as “conditions deemed to endanger or impair health or safety,” according to the letter addressed to Steven Glick of Paragon Properties and dated June 24. Some of these include water leaking from the ceiling of the laundry room over an electrical panel, letting sediment piling up in the laundry room sink, wet floors, improperly lit auxiliary lights and exit signs, and gaps in the guardrail.

The Board of Health issued a similar letter about the lack of exterior lighting to Glick last April. And town police, concerned about the lack of exterior lighting, have since followed up with the property as well.

“As far as I know, everything is working,” Rockport Police Sgt. Robert Tibert said about the exterior lighting.

Massachusetts law requires Paragon Properties to begin all necessary repairs to critical problems within 24 hours or receiving the letter. The letter also states that repairs to other violations must be started within five days, and Paragon Properties is required to make a “good faith” effort to correct them by July 25, the same day the building is set to be reinspected.

Sandy Bay Estates has about 96 apartments, including a number of tenants are on federally subsidized housing assistance, commonly referred to as Section 8.

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