The deteriorating condition of the New Harbor Condos

Andria Jackson tries to stay warm Friday using a kerosene heater in her apartment at the New Harbor Condominiums in Benton Harbor, before Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski stepped in to find her another heat source.

BENTON HARBOR — A resident of New Harbor Condominiums in Benton Harbor is breathing easier today thanks to Berrien County Treasurer Bret Witkowski.

Andria “Miss Ann” Jackson, property manager of the condominiums, was heating her unit with a kerosene heater that wasn’t being properly ventilated, exposing her and her cat to potentially lethal carbon monoxide poisoning. She said her unit hasn’t had electricity for months. She lives in one of the 43 units now owned by the Berrien County Treasurer’s Office due to nonpayment of property taxes.

The deteriorating condition of the New Harbor Condos

Many of the units at the New Harbor Condominiums, formerly the Captain’s Quarters in Benton Harbor, have been boarded up.

The deteriorating condition of the New Harbor Condos

A Berrien County notice of seizure sign is pictured on one of apartment doors at the New Harbor Condominiums.