Councilman targets troubled apartments

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A troubled apartment complex in Oklahoma City comes under fire from one city councilman. That city leader says the Grand Boulevard Townhomes, located along I-35 and NE 23rd St., have been an eyesore for years.

Councilman Skip Kelly has asked city code enforcement to look into the complex.

Kelly says the city needs to do a better job holding all delinquent landlords accountable, making sure apartment owners are held to the same standards as homeowners.

“This apartment is an absolute ghetto,” Kelly said. “I saw some parts of the facility that aren’t fit for a dog to live in.”

Failed plans for a new apartment complex just to the south of the Grand Blvd. complex drew the councilman’s attention to the problem.

“It’s kind of mind boggling,” Kelly said. “It’s just not safe. People shouldn’t have to live like that.”

Kelly recently drove through the complex in question.

From tall weeds, to trash lying about, peeling roofs, broken glass, loose electrical wires and much more, Kelly noticed plenty of potential code violations.

“We need to do a better job holding these people accountable,” Kelly said.

“Honestly I think they should be torn down,” Catrina Jackson said.

“The owner needs to fix it up. The buildings in back need to be torn down,” another resident said.

Still, Kelly knows this isn’t the only troubled apartment complex in the city.

He wonders why the city lets absent apartment landlords play by different rules than everyone else.

“When they come to our city to develop these projects, we ought to do a better tracking for who has title and ownership,” Kelly said.

For their part, code enforcement does plan to inspect the complex in the next couple of days.