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Greenbelt Place Apartments ruled nuisance property by City of Toledo

Under the city’s rules, nuisance conditions are an immediate threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 12:22 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2021 at 12:26 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The City of Toledo has officially declared an embattled property a nuisance. The city’s Department of Neighborhoods, as well as the Commissioner of the Division of Code Enforcement, made that declaration on September 22, ruling that the Greenbelt Place Apartments met the conditions for the ruling.

Under the city’s rules, nuisance conditions are an immediate threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the public. As part of the ruling, the property owners were required to correct the violations noted in the filing within 72 hours or be subject to possible criminal and civil charges. The owners could also request a hearing to determine whether the nuisance ruling is appropriate within that time.

13abc has been following the story of the Greenbelt Place Apartments since last week, when residents lodged a laundry list of complaints against the property’s owners, claiming that the apartment complex was in disrepair and infested with mold and pests. In the inspection report attached to the order, the inspector noted junk and debris on the property, as well as inoperable vehicles, tires, and furniture outside. The report also orders the repair or replacement of windows, doors, overhangs, siding, gutters, steps, railings, sidewalks, and other exterior pieces of the structure.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) requested an inspection by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development which has been scheduled for late next week. The property owners, meanwhile, have scrambled to fix those issues ahead of that inspection. Contractors arrived at the building on Friday to begin making repairs, though residents told 13abc that those repairs had so far been cosmetic. The contractors were given just nine days to get the property up to code.

“Eureka cares about providing safe, affordable housing to our tenants,” said Jennifer Guerrera, VP of Affordable Housing for Eureka Multifamily Group, who owns the property. “The Greenbelt Place Apartments received a high passing score from our most recent HUD inspection and the next regularly scheduled inspection will be conducted next week. A maintenance crew has already been on property addressing tenant concerns and will remain on property addressing concerns. Eureka has made long-standing efforts to immediately address any trouble tickets submitted to our maintenance team. As always, Eureka will continue to work with HUD, city officials, and our tenants to address any concerns.”

Rep. Kaptur, meanwhile, has sent a letter to the president of the Austin, TX-based company, requesting an in-person meeting between him and the residents. The letter says, in part: “While the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the City of Toledo undertake separate, parallel investigations and inspections of the complex, we ask that you make yourself available for an in-person meeting at Greenbelt Place with residents, local stakeholders, and my office during the week of Monday, October 4, 2021.”

City leaders want you to report any and all issues to the HUD office immediately. The number is 877-506-3552. You will also need the property ID number #800017009.

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