Greensboro inspects crime ridden housing complex

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GREENSBORO, NC --- Micheal Poteat is just about ready to find a new place to live.

For the past eight months he's been living at the Heritage House in Greensboro and its been one problem after another.

On Monday, Greensboro Housing inspectors went door to door at the apartment style condominiums looking to bring some of the units up to the minimum housing code.

City leaders received a petition three weeks ago from residents in the Heritage House Community.

The petition stated some of the apartments were unfit to live in.

Poteat agrees.

"I mean there are times that nothing here works," Poteat said

Monday afternoon over 100 of the 177 units at Heritage House had been inspected.

Lori Loosenore, a member of  the city of Greensboro's inspections department, said a number of minor violations were found.

"We saw leaky faucets, broken windows, and holes in the wall," Loosemore said.

It's not just housing standards that are attributed to the Heritage House.

The complex has been dealing with a high crime rate. 

Crime stats from the Greensboro police department show that police and fire officials have been called out to the complex over 1,000 times since the beginning of 2012.

Greensboro police captain Rich Culler says sometimes its been five to six calls a day.

"We are dealing with a quality of life issue here," Culler said.

The complex has several owners that police have met with in the past.

Ways of improving the complex like more patrol in the parking lot and initiating a neighborhood watch program have been tossed around, but Poteat says these ideas don't seem to help and doubts things will get better.

"You've got to kick the bad people out if you want change," Poteat said.

City inspectors say the condominiums are livable and hope to have all of repairs fixed within four-to-six weeks.

Police also plan to meet with the housing association at Heritage House to address the crime issues.



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