AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – In a letter to Georgia Congressman Rick Allen, we’re discovering out a neighborhood house complicated being investigated for poor residing situations has failed its newest inspection.
Bon Air Flats on Walton Means obtained a failing rating of 55c* in HUD’s newest inspection of the property on June 14, 2022. The letter states that 17 factors have been deducted for issues with the buildings’ exteriors.
The inspection comes after Rep. Allen referred to as for the Federal Housing Authority to launch a proper investigation into the residing situations on the complicated again in April.
He cited our 2016 I-TEAM investigation that discovered residents have been residing months with out warmth within the winter and air in the summertime. Residents within the complicated additionally complained to Information 12 about their issues over security, crime, medication, and different situations.
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Our December 2021 investigation discovered there had been 156 police studies filed inside a one-mile radius of the residences in six months.
District 3 Commissioner Catherine Smith McKnight stated she met the brand new homeowners of the property a number of occasions. She went on a walk-through with the fireplace chief, who despatched groups to conduct a fireplace inspection on the constructing. She stated the inspection discovered 19 violations.
McKnight then referred to as for code enforcement to examine the property, the place they discovered greater than 20 extra violations.
“Redwood Housing owned this place now for over a 12 months, and nothing has modified. Not one factor this modified,” stated McKnight. “I don’t assume anyone needs to be residing in that method.”
We reached out to Redwood Housing, the homeowners of Bon Air and Richmond Summit in March. We requested in regards to the progress of their short-term and long-term targets introduced at fee again in January.
They informed us they put in alarms in any respect again and aspect doorways, and so they have been planning so as to add safety cameras. They informed they anticipated to endure large-scale renovations inside 12 months and upkeep groups have been correcting the fireplace violations.
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