INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Public nuisance charges were filed Tuesday against two Indianapolis apartment complexes for using an unreasonable amount of police resources and for having too many health and code investigations.
According to the suit, since 2008, La Esmeralda Apartments and Heather Ridge Apartments have had more than 3,200 police responses and more than 200 investigations on incidences including assault, narcotics, armed robbery and homicide. Both apartment complexes are located on the city’s near northwest side.
“It's infested with mold, mice, roaches and the rent is too high in the first place,” says a resident of La Esmeralda Apartments who didn’t want to be identified. “The system is not up to code the lights is not up to code nothing is up to code.”
In the suit, the city asks for an undisclosed amount of money for damages caused and law enforcement demands. The city also says the complexes need to maintain property aesthetics, install and maintain security cameras, hire private security and screen all approved applicants.
“When it reaches the level of when we have to call in the city prosecutor and say look we're not getting responses things are not getting compliant in a timely matter we need to take legal action on this. I think that speaks volumes,” says Adam Baker the Director of Communications of Department of Code Enforcement.
Last year, the Indianapolis Housing Authority ordered La Esmeralda to pay $347,000 in fines for violating Section 8 standards.
The attorney for La Esmeralda and the property manager for Heather Ridge did not return a call from 24-Hour News 8.
An initial court date has been set for Sept. 30.
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