Neighbors wonder what's next for empty Riviera Maia apartments

TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - There isn't much left at the Riviera Maia apartments, just empty brick buildings with warning signs on the doors.

"They're good for nothing, they're a shell," Scott Smith, who lives in a nearby neighborhood said. "The insides of the building are decrepit."

Last year, leaky roofs, mold and faulty wiring were just some of the issues that forced the city to condemn the buildings.

Thursday, a Toledo judge found Sharon Sklarov, one of the property owners, guilty on nuisance charges. Now, she must pay the city back more than $100,000 for maintenance and face one year of probation.

"They weren't here to take care of the property and now they're being held responsible for it," Smith said. "That's what should have been done along time ago."

"They got people managing it for them and they're not keeping on top of them," Robin Russell, who lives behind the complex, said. "It could have been all the managers fault."

Russell has lived in her home for more than 20 years. She says there haven't been major problems since the buildings closed, but she knows the longer they sit, the more it will affect her.

"It's just starting to depreciate and it bothers me about our property value," she said.

Right now, there are no plans for the 32 acre property.

Sklarov's attorney says they plan to appeal the sentence.