Greensboro Code Compliance Crews Re-inspect Hertiage House Apartments

10:57 PM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- City crews were back at the Heritage House apartments in Greensboro again. This time trying to confirm that problems were fixed after a paperwork predicament.

"The issue was, it was the issue raised earlier about the information not being entered into the case system," said Sue Schwartz with the City of Greensboro.

The City of Greensboro Code Compliance Department found out there was a clerical error. We are told this was after Ben Holder made an information request for information from the department. And, that's when the compliance department found the flaw.

After an investigation, officials from the city found that the apartment complex inspections completed at the beginning of the year were never put into the computer system. They're blaming it on a human clerical error. This prompted a site visit review of the initial inspections. On Thursday, the city was back and trying to verify that the compliance issues were corrected.

"On that data printout there's only one way to put that into the system, and that's why we are going back and verifying that they were completed. So, that's why we are taking the steps to verify and ensuring that oversight doesn't happen again," Schwartz.

"I was disappointed because the Heritage House is such a sensitive topic," said Nancy Vaughan of the Greensboro City Council.  "And the inspections were done but they were not entered into the computer in timely basics. When they are paperwork problems like that, it really makes you question the validity of results. I know that the ordinance enforcement department is working on changing their procedures and making them more effective. And, I would like to see them speed up that timeline. And so, situations like this on this property and other properties won't happen in the future."

The Heritage House is under the microscope because, in 2012, police responded to more than a thousand calls to the complex. This included fights, robberies, vandalism, and even a murder. And, a group of six community leaders filed a petition with the city asking for inspection to be performed.

That's when the city decided it was time to crack down on the complex. So, inspectors got to work, and it was that work that was not inputted in to the computer system.

WFMY News 2 learned 129 out of the 177 apartment units are now up to code on Thursday. And the owners of the units that didn't meet standards were given an extension. They have until early May to fix the problems.

WFMY News 2 will continue to follow this story, as it develops. Stay tuned for more details.

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