(KMOV) – A family that recently moved into a loft apartment downtown is upset after being sickened by fumes coming from a new cigar bar inside their building.
The family says it got no satisfaction from the apartment management, and now wants to move. The Nelsons say that their 23-month-old daughter’s bedroom filled up with cigar fumes when the Charles P. Stanley Cigar Lounge bar held its grand opening last Thursday.
“[My daughter] was holding her head, and holding her ears like she had a headache,” says Eric Nelson. “My wife and I both had headaches. It was clear smoke.”
The Nelsons say their daughter’s health is their main concern.
“I'm angry. I'm very, very angry, because I'm worried about her and I feel helpless in this situation,” says Amy Villa Nelson
On Monday, the owner of the cigar lounge declined an on-camera interview, but Patrick Stanley says that he has state-of-the-art smoke ventilation in place.
Management at the Merchandise Mart offices also declined to speak on-camera, saying they could not talk about tenant issues.
The vice president of the building says the Nelsons’ demands have been unreasonable. “We want to be reasonable, and offer them a satisfactory solution, and move them to another apartment, but unfortunately we don't have an apartment of the same value,” the vice president says. “We'll make any accommodation to make them happy, but I don't know that they're going to be happy at this point.”
The Nelsons believe if they are forced to move, the building should pay the moving cost and they shouldn’t be forced to pay higher rent.
Ron Silverman says there are 213 apartments in the building, and only two residents have complained. However, he says he will continue to work to resolve the issue.