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Indianapolis city officials have filed public nuisance charges against two west-side apartment complexes that allegedly have generated more than 3,200 police runs since 2008 for incidents such as assault, armed robbery and homicide.

The suits say that both La Esmeralda Apartments and Heather Ridge Apartments have “unreasonably consumed city, public and law enforcement resources,” according to city officials. The complexes also have triggered more than 200 public health and code enforcement investigations since 2008, the suits allege.

“It is absolutely critical to our efforts to combat crime and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods that we crack down on negligent property owners,” said Mayor Greg Ballard in a prepared release.

The suits seek an unspecified amount for damages, and demand that the complexes take steps to improve safety, such as installing and maintaining security cameras, hiring private security, and screening applicants. 

La Esmeralda is located at 3621 Lawnview Lane, directly east of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Brickyard Crossing Golf Course. Heather Ridge is located at 7101 W. 34th St., close to the southern tip of Eagle Creek Reservoir.

Property records show La Esmeralda is owned by a limited liability company that gets its property tax bill in Massachusetts and lists Marco Seidman as a principal.

Heather Ridge is owned by a company called BSG Enterprises LLC that lists as its principal Bhupendra Gupta of Indianapolis.

Gupta told IBJ Tuesday afternoon that he was in the process of making changes specified by the city, and that he and his attorney would meet with city officials Wednesday to discuss "whatever they need us to do."

Gupta said he lives on the property, but wasn't aware of any criminal activity.

A representative at La Esmeralda referred questions to an attorney, who was not immediately available.

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  • Who pays for it?
    You are right, neither do I know, or care about the proper name of the mall. I do know I help pay for the mall, the colts, and the pacers. Tax the middle and poor to help defray the cost for the wealthy. It is called trickle up economy and it works well for the 1%.
  • Cricket Anyone???
    "unreasonably consumed city, public and law enforcement resources". Is that not what summer celebration does with MY tax dollars every year? The Mayor's suit has no legal basis specifically targeting a landlord- it is unconstitutional to hold a landlord responsible for a tenants actions. Come on Ballard admit that you are a complete failure but for the financial defalcations handing out 50 year parking meter contract, handing over $6,000,000 for a PRIVATE parking garage, Say Cricket Park, etc....
  • Uh Black Expo/Summer Celebration
    Why don't they have to pay for their own security? Discrimination issue? Seriously Mayor....
  • Landlords to play police?
    I don't understand the suit here. So far I was under the impression that the police and the courts have to maintain public order. If the police has to be called there all the time, why are the trouble makers not arrested and punished? Since when do landlords have to play police? And where can trouble makers live if every landlord has to screen its residents? The homeless camp on Davidson Street? In fact I almost think that the landlords would have more reasons to sue the city or state as they have to deal with all these criminals which should have been locked away by the government. And I also don't understand why there are any higher costs for the police. I guess the costs should be lower as all the criminals seem to be centrally located in these apartments.
  • Do nothing!
    please don't do anything to clean up these areas! The criminal element will just pick up and move to my neighborhood next!
  • Sad
    "Indianapolis city officials have filed public nuisance charges against two west-side apartment complexes..." If you ever drive on the Westside You would knowfrom first sentence which apartments they were speaking about with all the crime. They have a bad history. The owners/Police need to put in security camer's in for residents and have security on site 24/7 to keep the negative activity down. You can't change the people who create the problems. If you could they would not be in those particular apartments but you can change the surroundings and security offered to those who are law abiding and want to just live quietly.
  • JJ
    The reason you feel the same way about Circle CENTRE Mall ( you may at least want to get the name of the place you are trying to degrade correct) is because you have no idea what you are talking about. I'd bet that you rarely even make it downtown but you really just want to complain.... SMH.
    • Northeastside?
      You might want to double check the reference to these complexes being on the northeast side.
    • Maybe
      I feel the same way about circle city mall, how many police runs, and police are on patrol?

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