Heating Unit Repairs At Brick Senior Apartments Underway

BRICK, NJ — Residents of a low-income senior apartment complex should have their heat restored by this weekend, officials with the complex’s management company said Friday morning.

The 182 apartments at Chambers Bridge Residence on Chambers Bridge Road have been without heat since late on Jan. 25 when the report of a gas leak led to the discovery that the apartments’ individual heating units did not have the correct regulators and they would have to be replaced, officials have said.

The building is owned by National Church Residences, which purchased the property from Brick Township in 2018.

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Brick Township Business Administrator Joanne Bergin said the township’s code enforcement official, Daniel Newman, had approved an emergency plan for the repairs on the units.

Natural gas service had been restored to the common areas and for hot water, which were supplied separately from the individual heating units in the apartments.

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Residents told Patch they were told it might be days or even weeks before their individual apartment units would be fixed. In an email Thursday morning, Todd Hutchins, director of public relations at National Church Residences, said they were working to “ensure this issue is fixed correctly as soon as possible.”

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On Friday, Chris Herbert, a spokeswoman for National Church Residences, said in a reply to a question about how quickly the parts could be obtained that they have the parts and multiple crews were working to fix the units.

“As of this morning, we have secured all 200 parts needed to fix the heating units in all of the apartments,” Herbert said in her email reply, shortly after 11 a.m. “New Jersey Natural Gas is on site right now managing the gas pressure coming into the building and should be done within the next hour.”

Herbert said HVAC crews have been at the complex since early Friday morning working to install the gas regulators to ensure the right pressure is getting fed to each unit.

“We have six crews working right now to get the parts for each unit installed and running properly. They will be working through the weekend until each apartment unit is completed,” she said. “We anticipate all units will be fixed by tomorrow.”

Temperatures in the apartments have been in the mid-50s during the day, dropping into the 40s at night, and outdoor temperatures are anticipated to hover from the upper 20s at night to the mid-40s during the day for the next several days.

Previous coverage: Gas Leak Repairs Leave Brick Senior Apartments Without Heat

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