Crumbling Dearborn apartments shut down, residents forced out

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The city of Dearborn is stepping in after neighbors raise concerns about poor living conditions at their apartment building.

The city told the landlord to fix things up -- but he claims he can't afford to do that. Now the building is empty and the residents are being forced out Thursday.

Three buildings each sprawling with three stories make up the Oakman Apartments. It is low income housing in Dearborn on the 5000 block of Michigan Avenue.

But all three buildings recently flunked a fire code safety spot check and all three have been cited for building code violations.   Each building now has door signs posted "Unlawful to Occupy due to building code violations."

Also on the sign is that all personal items must be removed by Friday December 9.

"It was a big surprise," said Jamie Small, a displaced resident.

Residents say they're not allowed back in. They estimate 50 renters have been placed in motels in Dearborn, like the Victory Inn, five miles away also on Michigan Avenue.

Motel management says the city is paying for this short term emergency housing. All residents we spoke with say they will be lodged until January 16. 

All residents FOX 2 spoke with, say they will be lodged until January 16.

"But the Fire Marshal, the mayor and the city of Dearborn is trying to find us all low income housing," said resident Kim Wright. "The hallways didn't have smoke detectors there is asbestos, no fire extinguishers."

FOX 2's voicemail to management for comment  this evening has not been returned. Residents we spoke with blame building management for not making repairs and safety maintenance.

Residents we spoke with blame building management for not making repairs and safety maintenance.

 

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