Citizens For A Better Norwood

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ch 12: Norwood Bldg. Dept. gives tenants 48 hrs. to vacate building

Channel 12 is reporting that Wednesday the Norwood Building Dept. posted a notice to vacate by 5:00 p.m. today on an apartment building at unknown address in Norwood.  Neighbors told Local 12 reporter Dan Spehler that the notices on the door ruled their homes as unfit for human occupancy because of violations and safety issues.
No one at City Hall could tell Spehler why residents were being kicked out.  One of the tenants looked up the code violations and said there were two - a vehicle in the yard without tags and an exterior maintenance issue, apparently weeds.  The notice stated Norwood Police, as well as the Health and Property Maintenance Divisions conducted the inspection at the apartment building, which may mean the City’s KOPS Program (Keep Our Property Safe) is involved.

 Mayor Williams declined an on-camera interview but told Channel 12 this is an issue for the Building Department and that they would need to talk with them. The city has rules and regulations, he said, and they're going to enforce them.

We will post updates to this story as they are available.

11:25 a.m. UPDATE:  We made some inquiries to find out if there have been police runs to the building, which we understand is on Cleveland Ave., and found out that in 2011 there were 11 NPD runs with 4 of them for overdoses.  So far in 2012, there have already been 11 NPD runs with 1 of them for an overdose.  We confirmed that the building was, indeed, referred to the Keep Our Property Safe Program.

1:35 p.m. UPDATE:  Per the Norwood Health Dept., the building, which is at 1815 Cleveland Ave. has been inspected 5 times since 2006 for the complaints:  pitbull concerns, trash and debris, animal feces, inoperable vehicle, and early garbage can set out.