Lawrence shuts down apartment complex

(WISH Photo/Jay Hermacinski)

LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) — An entire apartment complex in Lawrence has been shut down.

Police and health officials arrived at the Oaktree Apartments Wednesday morning to ensure the small number of remaining tenants vacated the property.

Health code violations over a period of time led to the court order that shut down Oaktree. The complex includes burned out units, abandoned apartments and entire blocks with no running water. The Marion County Health Department described the situation as unusual.

“On this magnitude it is not common. We encounter it from time to time. But it is not that common for an entire complex,” said Lara Morgan, who works for the Marion County Health Department.

Contractors moved in as the tenants moved out. They started boarding up the place. Tenants forced to leave weren’t left out in the cold. The township trustee’s office offered moving and relocation assistance.

“They are going to pay my first month’s rent. They have been a big help,” said former tenant Jim Mills.

James Miller, who arrived on Wednesday to help his mother move out of her apartment, expects his mom will move on without looking back.

“I was more surprised they were shutting down the apartments. She been living here a long time. It was about time for her to leave anyway. That’s how I feel,” said Miller.

The health department says the complex will remain closed until the owner fixes the violations and brings everything up to code. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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