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ATLANTA POLICE SUCCEED IN HAVING CRIME-RIDDEN AND NEGLECTED APARTMENT COMPLEX DEMOLISHED

Post Date:05/01/2018 3:55 PM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2018

 

ATLANTA POLICE SUCCEED IN HAVING CRIME-RIDDEN AND NEGLECTED APARTMENT COMPLEX DEMOLISHED

“Haven for excessive criminal activity” successfully challenged by APD

 

ATLANTA – – The Atlanta Police Department is applauding a court decision this week to force demolition of the Sierra Ridge apartment complex in southwest Atlanta.

The Department’s Code Enforcement Section has cited the 28-building property on Delmar Lane with more than 400 separate housing code violations from December 2016 to July 2017. In August 2017, the City of Atlanta filed a nuisance petition against the property, alleging that the property was “unfit for human habitation and heavily crime-ridden.”

In October 2017, the property owners signed a consent order agreeing to repair, maintain and renovate the property over a 27-week period. In March, the City filed a contempt motion against the property owners for failing to comply with the consent order.

A hearing on the contempt motion was held on April 23 at which the City presented evidence that the owners failed to make any effort to fix the code violations or renovate the property. Testimony offered by an APD Code Enforcement Officer noted that the owners had “substantially failed to comply with the Consent Order and the Property was still highly hazardous, uninhabitable, crime-ridden and a nuisance,” according to court filings.

In his ruling, Atlanta Municipal Court Chief Judge Christopher T. Portis held that the owners were in contempt of court for failing to abide by the consent order. Judge Portis said the property owners have “both admitted and failed to contest that the Property is unfit for human habitation, contains dilapidated structures, is a haven for excessive criminal activity and has a plethora of old, unresolved and new Housing Code and Code Enforcement violations.”  He ordered demolition of the property within 90 days.

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields hailed the judge’s order as a victory in the City’s fight against crime.

“This is a huge victory not only for APD, but for the City of Atlanta and anyone who lives in or near one of these neglected properties,” said Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields. “We know that these properties are, indeed, a haven for crime and we applaud Judge Portis recognizing that the only real option here was to order the demolition of this property. We hope other irresponsible property owners will take notice and work to provide clean, respectable housing for its residents.”

 

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