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April 24, 2013

Sandy Bay Estates facing fines over safety

ROCKPORT — The Needham-based company that owns the Sandy Bay Estates apartment complex on Sandy Bay Terrace, could face fines already totaling up to $2,500 if it does not address lighting and safety issues that prompted at least one resident’s formal complaint filed with the town.

The town’s Board of Health issued a letter to Steven Glick of Sandy Bay Acquisitions, on April 9, citing a complaint from a Sandy Bay Estates resident who raised concern about the lack of exterior lighting on the property.

The company was ordered to begin the necessary repairs to the building by April 10, as it was deemed as dangerous for public health or safety, according to the letter.

”The resident stated that most of the exterior lights are not working,” the letter reads.

According to the letter, the company had the right to request a hearing before the Board of Health by April 16, and missed the April 18 deadline by which it was required to prove that it had repaired the lights or at least begun the process of fixing the problem.

Sandy Bay Acquisitions could face fines from $10 to $500 a day for failing to respond to the order. As of yesterday, those fines could have accumulated up to $500.

”The Board of Health may pursue options to enact those fines,” said Health Agent Leslie Whelan, who also wrote the letter. One of those options, she said, could involve taking the company to court.

Whelan said Tuesday she did get in touch with a representative from Paragon Residential Properties, which she believes to be Sandy Bay Acquisition’s management company, explaining the process and recognizing work the company has done to the property, but the lights are still out.

Representatives of neither Sandy Bay Acquisitions LLC nor Paragon Residential Properties LLC could be reached on comment for the story.

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