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Nuisance Mold Abatement in Hillcrest Towers Inadequate Tenants Say

Jennifer Cole
An HVAC wall register appears to be covered with mold inside a Hillcrest Tower apartment.

A mold outbreak in Hillcrest Towers’ HVAC system, which first occurred last year, persists, certain occupants claim. The 120-unit recently renovated public housing apartment complex in downtown Fayetteville accommodates low to moderate income families, seniors and individuals with disabilities. Concerned tenants say Fayetteville Housing Authority has been slow to respond. The interim housing director, however says, the city has and continues to take abatement measures to address the problem — assessed by experts to be minor.

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative journalist and has been a news producer for KUAF National Public Radio since 1998. She covers politics, the environment, energy, business, education, history, race and culture. Her radio segments have been nationally syndicated. She is also a station-based national correspondent for NPR in Washington DC., and recipient of eight national and state broadcast awards.
Kyle Kellams has been the news director at KUAF for 25 years and has been producing Ozarks at Large (first as a weekly, then as a daily program) since March, 1990.