After three weeks of living in motels and staying with relatives, residents of the Emerson Manor in downtown Hoquiam will finally be able to return home March 18.
The apartment building has been vacant since Feb. 24 when crews discovered high levels of bacteria and water damage throughout the building — the result of a small fire the previous week. Fire damage was confined to one fifth floor room, but complications with the apartments’ sprinkler system caused damage throughout the building.
More than 60 residents — most of whom are elderly, disabled or low-income — had to leave their homes.
Charles Wallace, deputy director of Grays Harbor County Emergency Management, said most of the building’s repairs have been completed.
“The Emerson Manor has been cleaned and buffed, wiped, walls painted, duct work vacuumed,” Wallace said. “The floors and living units impacted by the water damage have been repaired Most of the final finishing touches will be completed by Monday.”
Residents will be allowed to move in at 10 a.m.
The bottom floor of the building has been back to normal for about a week. The Hoquiam Senior Center, Shear Artistry, Trinkets & Treasures and Anchor Bank were allowed to resume operations March 7.