GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police, housing inspectors and health officials responded to troubled Heritage House condominium building Wednesday morning, searching for signs of unsafe and unsanitary living conditions.
They found bed bugs. Scabies. Fleas.
Broken windows. Broken elevators. Animal waste on the floors. Food stuck to walls.
Officials did not condemn a single unit — despite pleas from some residents and family members to shut the place down, according to the News & Record.
They found numerous violations in many units but none serious enough to condemn them.
The sweep surprised residents of the condo units, which are tucked into a section of West Meadowview Road, near Randleman Road.
The event was highly orchestrated and tightly controlled, bringing 50 or more officials and volunteers to the condos.
Representatives were there from emergency services; state and county health departments; animal control; Child Protective Services.
The police brought a mobile command unit and three crime scene investigation vehicles, though officers said this wasn’t an active crime scene.
Last week, Councilman Mike Barber urged the city to help residents find new homes, then condemn the building.
On Wednesday afternoon, District 1 Councilwoman Sharon Hightower led a press conference about the sweep. It was attended by members of the Randleman Road Business Association, some of whom were critical of what they called negative publicity about the neighborhood.
In her comments, Hightower stressed that officials weren’t there to evict people but rather to help them make better choices about their housing.
She stressed that none of the units were condemned Wednesday.
Some agree with Hightower that the building can be saved.
Others say the building is beyond hope.
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