August 16, 2019


Dear Residents,

We wanted to give you a quick update on our progress:

Phase I and II

As of August 16th, all units in Phase I and II have been packed up and transferred to the storage facility for pickup.  Based on current appointments, we expect that over half of the residents in Phase I and II will have reclaimed their contents by the end of this weekend.  Many others have scheduled appointments for pick up in the next two weeks.

If you have received notice that your contents are ready for pick up, we encourage you to schedule your appointment as soon as possible, as available time slots are filling up fast.

If you are a resident in Phases I or II and have not yet been notified that your contents are ready for pick up, please contact for further assistance.


Phase III and IV

These portions of the building remain inaccessible, and we will not be able to begin any potential recovery efforts in these areas until the crane has safely been removed and a structural engineer has deemed the area as structurally sound.

According to the most recent announcement from The Gabriella, the process to remove the crane began on August 13th.  We have not been advised of any changes from the original timeline provided for the removal of the crane.

Based on the information provided by The Gabriella about the crane removal process, it is anticipated that once the crane removal process begins, it will take a minimum of 8 weeks to complete. Given the complicated nature of the removal project, the schedule is subject to change. 

Once the crane has been removed and the site has been released from the preservation zone, we will have structural engineers assess the structural integrity of the remainder of the building and parking structure so that we can resume recovery efforts.  We will update you when we have further information.

If you have questions, please contact the Elan City Lights team at (214) 965-6018 or by email at



Elan City Lights Apartments