Jacksonville, Florida – City Councilwoman Ju’Kobi Pitman on Wednesday night met with representatives of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and residents of Hilltop Village Apartments.
Topic: “Justice for the inhabitants of the hills.” There were signs and T-shirts with a printed slogan.
News4JAX I-TEAM is investigating complaints in the Northwest Jacksonville apartment community, where a mouse infection was found last April.
Mayor Lenny Curry’s office has ordered the cleaning of Hilltop Village apartments the first history of I-TEAM on the complex found infection with mice, so that heavy mice lived and defecated in clothes, nested inside kitchen cabinets, were in boxes under the tenant’s sink and buried in sofas. The investigation caught the attention of the office of U.S. Senator Mark Rubio, who sent his own team to investigate.
Since then, inspectors have fined the owner tens of thousands of dollars.
Sarida James, a tenant who was at the meeting, told News4JAX that she is staying elsewhere for the safety of her and her child while her apartment is being cleaned.
“If you leave a baby in the room, you have to worry about something in bed with her,” James said.
Pitman is working to solve problems in Hilltop Village, and it is not the first time she has met with residents residential complex.
“Residents are tired. They want these problems solved. I want them to be considered, “Pitman said.” New managers have appeared in Cambridge Management, but again, I don’t want to keep meeting just for the sake of meeting. accountable – you know they got 61 points – I never knew anyone got 61 points and was still in business. “
The village is on top of a hill scored 61c / 100 during the Real Estate Appraisal Center (REAC) auditwhich is considered passable – anything below 60 is insufficient.
News4JAX also spoke to Jose Alvarez, HUD administrator, who visited the property on Wednesday. He said that the main priority is to help the residents of his village.
“Our top priority is the safety and well-being of all residents,” Alvarez said. “And as you heard tonight, we listened to the complaints they had, the problems they have with the property, and we want to reassure them that the HUD is here to end.”
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