Harvey Statement on Apartment Boarding Claims

Harvey Statement on Apartment Boarding Claims
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Harvey Statement on Apartment Boarding Claims (Harvey, IL) — Following an extensive and thorough investigation, dating back to October 2023, the City of Harvey has taken immediate actions in the interest of public safety related to the properties at 14445 and 14437 S. Halsted Street. Contrary to recent claims, the city did not evict anyone from these properties but has communicated with the property owners regarding the unsafe conditions of the buildings and need to immediately rectify the dangerous living conditions.

On October 17, 2023, the City of Harvey initiated discussions with the property owners, Mr. Jay Patel and Mr. Henry Cho, regarding structural issues and collapsed stair risers at 14445 S. Halsted Street, along with the numerous 911 calls for illegal acts taking place at their properties. A meeting had taken place on August 22, 2023, where it was recommended to hire a structural engineer for assessing damages and creating necessary drawings. The Building Department granted a two-week period for this task, following which contractors were to be engaged for repairs.

Acknowledging the urgency, a temporary structure blocking the risers was approved for two weeks. The city emphasized the need to vacate the buildings for safety during construction, allowing an extension until October 28, 2023, for residents to make housing arrangements. During repairs, two approved units at 14437 would be made available to the property management and security company.

The property owners were officially notified in writing that the building’s structural integrity had surpassed its life expectancy, and evacuation was mandatory by October 28, 2023. The responsibility to communicate this information to tenants was also emphasized.

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On December 14, 2023, after further assessments, the Building Department determined that both 14445 and 14437 S. Halsted pose an imminent safety risk, particularly due to extensive deterioration of balconies and stair risers.

On January 5, 2023, property owners boarded both properties and the City of Harvey Police Department performed several inspections and wellness checks at the property.

The City of Harvey continues to prioritize public safety and remains committed to monitoring and addressing the situation at 14445 and 14437 S. Halsted.

Harvey Statement on Apartment Boarding Claims

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