City closes down apartment complex

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Residents of the Willow Creek Apartment complex were shocked to learn that they have one week to vacate their homes. City officials notified residents on Thursday evening that the complex did not meet several codes and the property would need to shut down.

"And he said 'you have 7 days," said resident Simone Myles. "I said 'You are kidding me!'" He said 'No I'm not kidding, this is for real."

The notice cited dozens of code violations as the reasoning. Everything from electrical to plumbing to structural violations. Property Manager Mark Greene is now scrambling to make sure everyone is informed that they have to be out by Sept. 5.

"They said 'we was a nuisance the community'," Greene said. "But we have no violations, no life safety here at Willow Creek, no nothing."

Greene said the apartments are simply in need of repairs and were set to be remodeled soon.

Victor Turner with the Little Rock Housing department says the repairs have taken too long.

"The owners had an opportunity to fix the units and that is why we are here at this point now," Turner said.

"Really, I thought seven days is not fair," Myles said. "I haven't seen any city people, they have not come to my door, and talked to me about how my conditions are, anything wrong. Anything like that. I have not talked to anybody other than my manager and my assistant manager."

Simone Myles just moved in nine months ago. She's disabled and has a limited income. Now she and her cat Smokey aren't quite sure what to do.

"If they had gave me a 30 day warning, it would have been a lot easier," she said. "This is crazy, I don't know what to say!"

The city's housing department said the apartment complex had more than 100 code violations. They plan to return to the complex on Tuesday to help residents with the moving process.

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