June 24, 2008
Unsanitary Apartment Complex Remains Closed
By Andrew Maykuth, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Jun. 23--An 80-unit apartment complex in the Logan section of Philadelphia remained shut down yesterday after 200 residents were evacuated on Saturday because of unsanitary conditions.
Deputy Commissioner Dominic Verdi of the Department of Licenses and Inspections told the Associated Press that inspectors had discovered that about 35 feet of copper water pipe was missing. The building owners have been ordered to make repairs.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross provided hotel rooms for three nights for 99 people from 37 families, said Denise Venuti Free, an agency spokeswoman. Other residents found accommodations on their own.
The four-story tan brick building was sealed off with yellow tape and guarded by a 35th District police officer.
The building was bought in 2004 for $2.5 million by Lindley Estates LLC, which lists an address in the 1500 block of Ripley Street. The property taxes are paid up to date, according to the Board of Revision of Taxes.
The phone number posted for the building's leasing office was disconnected.
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