Housing That Wasn’t Built To Last and Tenant Complaints Go Unheard

June, 1976

In the years after Northgate opened, its now 336 households encountered two major problems: high energy costs and poor management and maintenance.  Because the buildings were heated with electricity, soaring energy costs in the 1970’s drove winter heating bills as high as, or even higher than the rents.  Meanwhile, quick shoddy building and poor management of the property led to building systems falling into disrepair. Residents complained repeatedly to the owners and the City of Burlington with no results.  

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