City Wants More Security At Abandon Apartment Complex

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An abandoned apartment complex goes up in flames for the third time and now neighbors are asking questions.

We first reported the story Monday night on 27NEWSFIRST at 11. The two alarm fire broke out inside the Pennington Place Apartments on Codell Drive and destroyed several units.

The building was condemned in November of last year and has been vacant for even longer.

Fire officials say the two most recent fires were started by transients who were illegally staying in the building and burning a fire to keep warm.

Measures have been taken to keep trespassers out, but the city is recommending new measures be taken by the owner's to better secure the property, so similar crimes don't happen.

"We are considering asking the management company to employ 24-hour security on the property, to minimize the problems that exist there," said Director of Code Enforcement, David Jarvis.

A spokesperson for the property tells Newsfirst they are in the middle of a $30 to $40-million dollar redevelopment plan which would turn the abandon buildings into other apartments or possibly retail space.

However at this time no plans have been finalized.

The city has issued a final letter to the property owner's warning them they could be fined up to a thousand dollars a month, if they don't bring their property up to code.

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