A downtown Denver apartment complex recently had shattered windows on balconies.
Windows broke at Eviva on Cherokee Apartments at 1250 Cherokee St., said Marty McKenna of the Equity Residential real estate investment trust. He did not provide any further comments regarding the delay or the number of broken panels.
“We currently have our operations team working with our engineering consultants to determine the cause and any potential remedies,” McKenna wrote in an email. The manager on site Wednesday declined to comment.
The high-rise complex is near popular city sites, including the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, and Center for Colorado Women’s History.
Denver Community Planning and Development received a complaint about unsafe balcony railings on July 26, with the complaint providing details of broken glass panels, spokeswoman Amanda Weston said. An inspector stopped by the apartment complex on Wednesday to meet with building management to get back into compliance with the building code.
The most likely reason for the damage is heat causing the glass to expand, leading to cracks, Weston said.
“They ordered new glass to install, but it’s out of stock and they’ve been waiting a little while,” Weston said. “At this time, we feel the property management has done what it needs to do to ensure the hazard is secure.”
However, she said the inspector looked at the balcony of one unit. “The management company said nothing fell to the ground and (the broken glass) was confined to those balconies.” It is unclear whether the management company was saying that all cases of panel breakage were confined to balconies or to specific cases.
On Wednesday afternoon, several residents of the building acknowledged they were aware of the broken glass, which they say has been happening for at least a month. Those residents told the Denver Post that glass had reached the floor. A woman feared her pet cut his feet on shards, although she said the shattered glass was quickly swept off the pavement.
This isn’t the first time it’s happened in Denver. In 2014, window pane fell from a skyscraper near 16th Street and Broadway, injuring a pedestrian.
Weston encouraged residents to report sidewalk glass incidents if it happens because, “if the glass breaks and it falls to the ground, it becomes a public safety issue.”
A follow-up inspection is scheduled for August 11. If the city office receives further complaints, an inspector will be dispatched again before the two-week follow-up date to reevaluate, Weston said.