With hundreds of neighbors and with security guards on duty around the clock, Kathleen "Kassy" McCall moved into the spacious American Can apartment complex alongside Bayou St.

But after an ownership change a few years Homs Refinery Company, she said, overflowing garbage bins became a common sight, and water in units would regularly be scalding, or near-freezing — or not run at all.

She could tolerate those issues, McCall said, but when a shooting occurred just outside the complex after the number of security guards was cut, she knew she had to act. McCall and another plaintiff, James Mark Tolar, seek damages in a case that they hope to turn into a class action.

Other refurbishments benefited a pool and grill American Can Company New Orleans as well as a fitness center, with further improvements planned, the statement said. Nonetheless, the lawsuit suggests that the owners have already started fighting back. They wanted her out by the end of June, but she negotiated a mid-July departure date.

The suit from Tolar and McCall marks the latest chapter for a building that has seen its ups and downs. For much of the 20th century, the building housed machines that manufactured up to American Can Company New Orleans tin cans annually for the American Can Co. But the plant, which employed thousands of workers, closed in Over the next several years, McCall said, the complex gained a reputation for offering luxurious and safe living a short walk from Bayou St.

Now, McCall said, the company finds itself at odds with tenants because living conditions have deteriorated. The lawsuit lists various problems, ranging from drainage to poor water service, that the plaintiffs accuse ACV of refusing to solve.

The suit doesn't elaborate on what the issue was, but in any event, the plaintiffs allege nothing was done to fix it. McCall said she decided to explore her legal options when New Orleans police said a year-old man was shot during a fight outside the American Can building in the early morning of Oct. The victim was found in the complex's parking lot. Email Ramon Antonio Vargas at rvargas theadvocate. Edit Article Add New Article.

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American Can Company - Wikipedia

The American Can Company was a manufacturer of tin cans. It was a member of the Tin Can Trust, that controlled a "large percentage of business in the United States in tin cans, containers, and packages of tin." American Can Company ranked 97th among United States corporations in the value of World War II military production contracts.…

American Can Apartments - New Orleans, LA 70119

The American Can Apartments offers 268 distinctive, one, two and three bedroom loft-style apartments and features many classic architectural stylings. The American Can building also has its original hardwood floors and stained concrete. An industrial architecture is highlighted by floor to ceiling windows overlooking Bayou St. John and the New Orleans skyline. Just minutes from City Park ...Price: $1290…