Friday, May 27, 2016

Building Condemnation, Utilities Shutoff Spell Immediate Code Enforcement-Related Boot For About 50 [Presumably Poor] Tenants In Troubled St. Louis Apartment Building

In St. Louis, Missouri, KTVI-TV Channel 2 reports:
  • An estimated 50 residents and one business owner in an apartment building in the Bevo neighborhood were forced to move out earlier than expected.

    The city condemned the building nearly a month ago and Thursday the utilities and electricity were turned off.

    Tenants complained that the landlords were still collecting rent and allowing people to move in even after the building was condemned. According to the city, the landlord never appealed.

    Police said clearing out the building will also cut down on disturbance calls.

    "We get disturbance calls, fights, we had a robbery call and shooting here just a couple weeks ago," said Captain Steven Mueller, St. Louis Police. "We have constant police activity here because of people calling."

    The property has been considered a nuisance every year since 2011, with multiple drug busts, littering, prostitution, and even a shooting connected to that property on March 16.

    The owner was cited for "Failure to Abate a Nuisance" several times.