The structural integrity of the Disney relocation homes in Shanghai is being questioned by their residents, many of whom are fearful that the poorly built structures could collapse at any moment, reports Shanghai Daily.
In one instance, a building in Pudong New Area has begun leaning due to subsidence and is now touching the next building, damaging the eaves of both structures.
The two apartment blocks, which were built in 2012, are situated at No.17 and 18 West Huaxia Road in Xinyuan West Community, Chuansha Town and were built to house residents that were moved in order to make way for the Shanghai Disney Resort (due to open at the end of next year).
Chen Tong, head of Xintuan Real Estate the engineering department, maintains that the buildings are safe, telling reporters that “only some decorative parts on the eaves were broken and residents can live in the blocks without any worries at all.”
The local residents appear not to share Chen’s confidence concerning the safety of the buildings however, reportedly saying that they were afraid to live in these “model Disney relocation homes.”
Qin Lijun, a top-floor resident of the leaning building at No.17, told Shanghai Daily that she noticed the buildings were touching on Saturday, at which point she warned fellow residents of the situation.
Qin added that she hadn’t “been (able) to sleep a wink since Saturday.”
The residents will hopefully be able to get a good night’s sleep soon, however, with safety reports from an independent inspection on the buildings in question due for release on Tuesday.
Let’s hope the buildings don’t end up like this.
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By Robert Ridley