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4. A. 3.
Jennifer Harrell, Exective Assistant/Paralegal
Public Hearing and Consideration of Declaring the Highland Ridge Apartments at 1300 E. Ayers in the City of Edmond as dilapidated, uninhabitable, unsafe, unsanitary and a public nuisance.
(This item was continued from the February 11, 2019 City Council Meeting.)
Since 2014, City staff has had numerous complaints and issues related to the property at 1300 E. Ayers. There have been numerous citations issued by the Code Enforcement Department related to unlawful accumulation of trash and weeds, various other health nuisances and property maintenance code violations. As of October 31, 2018, owner owed $23,720.00 in fines and court costs. There have also been multiple police and fire incidents, many related to fire alarm calls. The owner was notified in February 2017 by the City Attorney’s Office concerning these issues. (See attached letter). The issues continued and finally on October 1, 2018 notice was sent to the owner outlining the concerns and notifying the owner of the potential for a hearing before City Council. (See attached letter)
Since receiving the notice, the owner has hired counsel and has made some improvements to the property. On November 26, 2018 a follow-up inspection was made and the inspection reports are attached.
The City continues to receive complaints from several of the tenants of the property and the City staff continues to be very concerned about the condition of the property especially as it relates to the HVAC system and fire alarm and sanitary conditions.
Since the City Council meeting on December 10, 2018, city staff has continued to work with the property owner's representative with regard to the outstanding issues related to the property. A re-inspection was conducted on January 14, 2019 and then again on February 14, 2019. Copies of those inspection reports are attached. Staff recommends that at the present time the facility remain open to existing tenants only. Counsel for the property owner to provide a timeline for repairs. All repairs to be completed within 45 days of February 25, 2019, with the exception of the Alarm System Update and Replacement, HVAC system in common areas, kitchen and dining room, and kitchen hood system and appliances if this space is to be occupied and used, and those repairs must be completed within nine months from February 25, 2019. City to receive bi-weekly updates and further updates on status of repairs and property management. Citations will be issued and further hearing before the City Council if above referenced repairs are not made within 45 days. If repairs are not made within 45 days, a recommendation to close the facility will be made.
Staff will provide an updated report to the City Council prior to the meeting as to the next step.
Narula Letter 2-21-17
Narula Letter 10-1-18
1-14-19 Inspection report
2-14-19 Inspection Report
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