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Greenbelt Place Apartments still out of compliance

Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 6:45 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The deadline for the owners of the Greenbelt Place Apartments to comply with the housing orders has passed.

They had until Friday to fix the structure and add doors and windows. A resident who lives at the Greenbelt Place Apartments says she feels in limbo.

“I feel like they are trying but not hard enough,” she said.

She said a letter was put on apartment doors alerting people that a team of contractors as well as the maintenance team will be entering their homes doing repairs. City leaders say the owners have not complied with the housing enforcement orders that were issued last month. The head of code enforcement, Dennis Kennedy says the owners want a 30-day extension.

“We understand the manufacturing delays to come with these materials. What we’d like to do as a city is not grant them an extension internally but actually have them go through the housing court process and justify to the judge their invoices and receipts for the purchases,” Kennedy said.

According to a source, a company made an offer to Eureka Holdings to buy the Greenbelt property. The person said the going market rate for a complex per unit is $50,000. We’re told the owners of the greenbelt want $100,000. In the meantime, local leaders are discussing the future of the property and relocating families.

“We don’t want them to keep living in this complex. We are hopeful that the owners will bring it into compliance because he had been making some good faith efforts,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy admits there are not enough places to house 180 families.

“In addition to thinning that out or making that complex less dense. We then have to find a viable option for those people who need to be housed someplace else in the community. There’s a couple development projects going through right now and there are some options but there aren’t enough units right now in Toledo to her house everybody,” said Kennedy.

The lack of housing is a big concern for many residents.

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