Dartmouth fire victims say they can't afford new home's rent
Arthur Street apartment fire in 2011 displaced 70 residents
An apartment building in Dartmouth that burned down more than two years ago has been rebuilt, but some former tenants are finding it difficult to move back because of the increase in rent.
There are open house signs for Sea View Landing, a new four-storey apartment building in Woodside.
The former building was destroyed by fire at the end of December 2011. The fire was caused by workers using grinders to remove metal balconies.
“A million-dollar view was a gem to me,” said Janet Murray. She lived at 25 Arthur Street for 24 years and has already had a tour of the new building and a new unit.
“It's compact but it's all modern and soundproof,” she said.
But Murray can't afford to return.
Before the fire, prices for the one and two bedroom units started at $660. Now the cheapest apartment is $935.
“I'm disappointed. It would have been nice to move back in,” she said.
Former tenant Blair Hunt also took a tour. He said he won't be signing a lease either.
“It’s too bad. It's crazy. It's outrageous,” he said.
Murray says she only knows one former tenant who is renting an apartment in the new building.
The new home has 64 one and two bedroom units. The website for Sea View Landing says the new apartments should appeal to seniors, students and young professionals.