BENTON HARBOR — The city of Benton Harbor will soon be shutting off the water to condemned and foreclosed condominiums and, along with the Berrien County Treasurer’s Office, is asking for help to find homes for 10 people still living in the buildings without heat or electricity.
Treasurer Bret Witkowski reported in a news release Monday that Benton Harbor officials recently inspected the New Harbor Condominiums, a former motel at 655 Riverview Drive, and determined that they should be condemned due to unsafe living conditions. They found water leaks at the condos, which could lead to pipes breaking during cold weather. Two of the three buildings have no heat. A resident was found this month using a kerosene heater that put her at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.