Verne LaGesse of Friends of Sangamon Valley talks about Robinson Woods and their fundraiser April 20 at Maldaner’s.
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By DEANA STROISCH (firstname.lastname@example.org), The State Journal-Register
Posted Apr 05, 2012
City inspectors and an administrative court hearing officer spent more than three hours at MacArthur Park Apartments Thursday morning reviewing the status of more than 150 alleged violations of building codes. Officials representing both MacArthur Park and the city agreed that many of the violations had been corrected.
[Bill Logan, the mayor’s executive assistant,] noted that the problems at MacArthur Park date back many years. “This is a long history of neglect and just … disrespect for the policy of Springfield city government as far as code enforcement is concerned,” Logan said. “All we want is for these owners and landlords to obey the law.” Craven said by his count, the number of remaining violations is down to 19, including a sticky door and a couple of missing cover plates.
The violations stem from the city’s execution of a search warrant to inspect the apartment complex last summer. Dozens of violations were found, and some units were placarded as uninhabitable.
Inspectors have continued to inspect additional units ever since. Another six buildings will be inspected next week.
By Bruce Rushton, Illinois Times
Thursday, April 5,2012
The owner of MacArthur Park apartments on MacArthur Boulevard near Jerome will tear down one four-plex at the troubled complex that’s been a target of city building inspectors.
The batch of buildings inspected this morning had the most serious code violations, Craven said. The city has inspected 27 four-plexes at the 188-unit complex since August and has more than a dozen to go.
The building set for demolition had fire damage, [the owner’s attorney Don] Craven said. “We began work on it,” Craven said. “The farther we got into it, the more apparent it became that it wasn’t going to work.”