City cites apartments for hundreds of violations

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The city of Indianapolis on Thursday said it has filed public nuisance charges against five local apartment complexes and one owner of multiple rental properties.

The city said the properties and owner have “unreasonably consumed city, public, and law enforcement resources including over 3,900 police runs, more than 450 Indianapolis Fire Department medical runs, 80 Indianapolis Animal Care and Control cases, and nearly 900 Department of Code Enforcement and Marion County Public Health Department violations."

Incidents at the properties dating back to 2005 include “rape, assault, narcotics, arson, armed robbery and homicide,” the city said.

The city cited these properties:

— Aspen Village Apartments, 3510 Kebil Drive, in Speedway;

— Carmel Creek Apartments, 3636 Mission Drive, near 34th Street and High School Road;

— Harmony Park Place Apartments, 5025 E. 39th St., near Emerson Avenue and 38th Street;

—  Lake Marina Apartments, 9501 Shoreland Court, near East 21st and Post Road;

— Warren Harbor Apartments, 2120 Yorkshire Court, near 21st Street and Post Road.

The property owner cited was David Garden, who operates Garden Realty, Five Star Realty and Star Homes. The city said he owns 15 single-family rental properties.

Garden’s real estate license was stripped by the state earlier this year and he was fined $26,000 for 26 rules violations.

The city is seeking an unspecified amount of financial restitution for damages and said it will work with the owners to help them reach compliance.

 “These properties and their owners continue to contribute to crime and illegal activity by not maintaining safe and livable conditions,” City Prosecutor Samantha DeWester said in a prepared statement. “It is unacceptable, and through the combined efforts with DCE Nuisance Abatement, we will hold these property owners responsible for creating a public nuisance.”



  • Really?
    I wander how these communities have improved over the past years? The areas have little money put into them. SEx shop on the corner with the liquor stores everywhere..Some of these places are in bad sides of town. Everyone knows that. Murder at Rickers, Laundry and tan, Marathon, and hotel....is that the apartment communities faults?
  • Section 8 housing
    Just wondering if they are all section 8 housing? I know of two that used to be considered nice, middle class and safe and that was Brendan Way and Eastgate Terrace apts. Once the section 8 housing designation than all sorts of crime started to be committed at these two complexes. It's sad and alarming when apartment complexes are in the middle of a middle class neighborhood and once certain types of tenants move into these complexes they bring crime and chaos to the surrounding houses and streets that the apt is a part of. All of a sudden you've got a thug mentality plopped right in the middle of a middle class neighborhood and it's a downward spiral from there.
  • Bulldozers
    Apartments like these are a blight on their neighborhoods. They brought crime to the formerly nice areas of the east side, starting as early as the late 70s. Bulldozing them would be nice.
  • Nonsense
    21st & Post is nowhere near the "38th St corridor." I could argue that 34th and High School hardly qualifies either.
  • Affordable Housing
    Do you think the tennants had anything to do with these issues? Maybe the police should set up shop in these neighborhoods and have more of a prescence. The problem is much deeper than the landlord, come on now. Where do we start, eductation? jobs? Not sure how you can blame these problems on the landlord.
  • 9 years
    The question is, why did it take 9 years for the city to take action? Nearly a full decade.
    • Observation
      And all of them are along the Thirty-eighth street corridor. What does that tell you? Move over, 8 Mile!

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