Judge says north side apartment is ’emergency to public health, safety’ as residents ordered to vacate

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Nov. 25, 2014)-- Low-income residents living in the Glendower Apartments will be forced to move out-- a decision ordered by Judge David J. Certo of the Marion County Environmental Court.

The owner of the property will have to pay $2,500 daily until all of the residents are vacated and moved into other properties.

Residents living in the north side apartments at 3630 N. Meridian have been living without heat for over a week. The Marion County Health Department conducted an inspection last week, after receiving a resident complaint.

"It's real cold and you can't shower. You can't cook and you aren't comfortable," said Josh Griffin, a Glendower resident.

The inspector discovered that the boiler was broken. The health department issued a 24-hour emergency repair. Meaning, if the boiler wasn't fixed within one-day, the building owner could face potential penalties and legal ramifications.

Once the Marion County Health Department inspector returned the following day, the boiler was still broken and the apartment building was cited for the violation. Since the building was without heat, residents resorted to using their stove tops and ovens to stay warm.

Leaders with Park Place Management, who recently took over ownership of the building, saw this as a potential fire hazard and have since shut off the gas in the building.

Many residents describe the conditions as unbearable.

Last week, Cadwell worked tirelessly to move residents out immediately and help them find new homes at other Park Place properties around Indianapolis. The company has even provided trucks to help expedite the moving process.

However, many of the residents are on tight budgets and simply don't have the ability to pick-up and move.

Cadwell says the owner of the building wants all of the tenants out by Wednesday morning.

Another hearing is scheduled for Dec. 2, at 9 a.m.