New proprietor guarantees enhancements to Greensboro residences convicted of a number of violations, Native Information
The apartments attracted attention in May 2018 when five children, aged 18 months to 9 years, died in a fire in one of the units. Although fire inspectors had ruled that the cause of the fire was unsupervised cooking, community officials identified poor conditions in most of the units where refugee families were being relocated. The children who died belonged to a family who moved to Greensboro from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Conditions in the apartments included missing windows, sewer protection and pest infestation.
In public gatherings, residents complained that the poor conditions made them feel like “animals”.
In late 2018, city officials condemned the apartments and forced dozens of families to move to other locations. Since then, some apartments have reopened after their owners fixed apartment code violations.
A major housing lawyer has already met with representatives of the new owners.
Brett Byerly, executive director of the Greensboro Housing Coalition, said he had lunch with company officials on Tuesday and was encouraged by their discussion.
“I believe it is realistic that they can stabilize the property and keep it safe and decent,” Byerly wrote in an email. “It was never about the buildings; it’s about ownership and management. I am glad they have been sold and that the new property is proactive and will invest in the property and think this is a good sign that they are ready are talking to stakeholders like GHC. “