Renters at a local apartment complex have been given 72 hours to find a new place to live.
Sharon Hunt is one of 45 current tenants at the 11-story 1505 On the Avenue apartment complex at 1505 N. Peoria Avenue.
She says a notice about the need to leave was slapped on her door Thursday night.
“I’ve been calling around locating apartments… coming up with all the money, like rent and deposit,” Hunt said.
She’s worried she won’t find a place to stay in time.
“Nobody is happy about it,” Hunt explained. “It’s putting everyone on the spot…everyone is pretty frustrated.”
Joe Dulin, Peoria’s assistant community development director, said the building was flagged for multiple fire-code violations following a fire in July.
“We felt we couldn’t let the residents stay there with the (fire) concerns,” Dulin said.
A July fire forced the evacuation of the complex. Dulin said the Peoria Fire Department noticed possible safety concerns at that point. Later the city hired an electrical contractor to go over the complex’s wiring, revealing many concerns.
Dulin said the City has been holding meetings with owner Yitzy Klor’s staff since the fire to fix the problems, but little progress has been made.
Hunt also put the blame on the ownership.
“I don’t see why they couldn’t come in and have people take care of it after the fire,” Hunt continued.
Hunt described apartment management as “decent.”
“It’s not her fault,” Hunt said.
The apartment manager declined to comment on the issue.
1470 & 100.3 WMBD had not heard back from Klor by the time this story was posted.
Dulin said the city is working with multiple nonprofits to help those in need find housing.
Dulin said multiple land lords have come forward to give the tenants a place to stay with deals on rent.
The Red Cross and Dream Center Peoria will also help out anyone still without a place to stay by the time they need to leave.