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Residents Protest Living Conditions at Capital Towers

Posted September 8, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Many think of retirement as "golden years", but they're anything but glittering for some senior citizens in Raleigh. Folks who live at Capital Towers on Six Forks Road spent Monday morning carrying pickets signs to call attention to what they say are inadequate living conditions at the retirement community, after a rent increase was announced.

Capital Towers is a pair 12-story building housing about 300 people who say they are having difficulty getting along with management. Monday was scheduled to be an open-house at the community, during which management had hoped to lure new residents.

Capital Towers resident Barbara Gobel says improvements are badly needed.

Craig Bromby is an attorney for the residents. He says conditions have deteriorated.

Resident Eleanor Cerovsky says she enjoys living in Capital Towers despite a recent rent increase.

Building management declined to comment on the protest. Rent increases have amounted to over 25 percent over the past year, in some cases. Renovations have recently been completed, but residents say they have lost much of their living space and common areas.

Monday's demonstration was the second. Residents also protested Saturday. Residents and their attorney are hoping that