Health department takes apartment complex owner to court

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It’s another cold night for dozens of Indianapolis residents who don’t have heat in their apartment complex.

The Marion County Health Department is taking the owners of Glendower Apartments to court Tuesday to try to get the heat back on.

The residents were using their stove tops and ovens to heat their apartments, but the gas was shut off on Thursday.

“I understand the city’s action to shut the gas off, but you still left us in this building with nowhere to go and nothing to do. Our situation was worse,” said Jay Griffin who has lived in the building for two months.

“It seems like we’re going down, down, downward instead of going up,” he said.

“I feel like I might as well be under a bridge or something because that’s how it is outside. There ain’t no heat, ain’t no gas,” said Tyrone Wesley, who also lives in the building.

The residents are stuck in the middle of a dispute between the owner of the building and the former resident manager.

Residents say their utilities are included in the rent.

“The previous resident manager is believed to have embezzled those funds having told people not to write checks, not to do money orders, but to do cash only,” said Ryan Cadwell of Park Place Property Management which is now running the building.

The building, located at 3630 North Meridian Street, is owned by a man who lives out of a state. 24-Hour News 8’s repeated phone calls to him haven’t been returned.

Cadwell says residents were given an option to be moved to other properties.

“They can move as early as today,” Cadwell said on Thursday. “If they choose to.”

But since then, only one person has moved out.

“Who would really want to leave their apartments to go stay in a shelter where you’re around everyone else?” said Griffin.

“I’m a part-time worker and stuff. We just can’t up and leave like that because we don’t have cash like that,” said Wesley.

A judge will determine the next steps during a hearing on Tuesday. If the building is ruled unlivable, residents will likely have 38 days to get out.

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