Residents appalled at conditions found in Frankfort Ave. apartment building

Published: Nov. 2, 2017 at 5:05 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2017 at 9:57 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Residents at Crescent Terrace Apartments are concerned about the unlivable conditions in one of the buildings left behind by squatters. Now, LMPD and the city's Code and Regulations Department has gotten involved.

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Will Ford, a spokesperson for Code and Regulations, said the concern is drug dealing. After two apartments were broken into, resident Les Hamilton took pictures of the inside and found drugs and drug paraphernalia.

"I just came out and went for a walk and noticed these doors opened," Hamilton said. "It freaked me out."

Hamilton has lived at Crescent Terrace for two years. The pictures he took show apartments full of trash, dirty dishes, broken appliances, and moldy bathrooms.

"I saw needles and there are kids running around the building," Hamilton said. "It upsets me so I had to do something."

Hamilton said he reached out to law enforcement, city officials, and his landlord for help.

In 2017, LMPD has been called to Crescent Terrace 27 times. Several reports have been filed for possession, burglary and criminal mischief. On Monday, LMPD nailed the burglarized apartments shut.

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"There is still stuff in there," Hamilton said. "Who knows if the mold is still going through the vents and into other apartments."

Code and Regulations visited the apartment twice in this year. Their most recent visit was on Monday, but the investigator was not able to enter the unit and diagnose the situation because of the blocking by LMPD.

"I'm concerned for public safety," Hamilton said. "There is no reason for this to be happening in a nice neighborhood."

Hamilton said he wants the trash and hazardous materials inside the apartments removed but his landlord doesn't seem to want to help. The landlord denied WAVE3's request for an interview.

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