Newark condemns 4 large apartment complexes due to bad conditions

Four Newark apartment complexes owned by Virginia-based Realty Management Associates have been condemned by city officials.

The City of Newark condemns 4 large apartment complexes due to deplorable conditions.

The City of Newark condemns 4 large apartment complexes due to deplorable conditions. (11/5/15)

NEWARK - Four Newark apartment complexes owned by Virginia-based Realty Management Associates have been condemned by city officials.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says the action was necessary due to deplorable and unsafe conditions at the buildings.

“We are doing as much as we can to make sure that the people in this city are not treated like second-class citizens or less than human,” Mayor Baraka said.

The mayor added, “This kind of action has never been done in the city at this magnitude.”

Residents of the buildings say the conditions inside were a nightmare that included collapsed ceilings, broken elevators, mold and vermin infestations.

“If I take a shower, I have mice coming up from the drain of the bathtub,” said Veronica Winston, who lived at the Aspen Stratford Apartments, one of the condemned buildings.

In addition to the condemnations, the City of Newark has also filed lawsuits against the property managers, Wayne and Denise Fox. Bench warrants were issued for them after they failed to appear in court last week.

In a statement provided to News 12 New Jersey, Wayne Fox said, “It is both confusing and unfortunate that the mayor’s comments appear to be supported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, who just last week conducted their annual inspection of the properties … and gave the property a score well above passing on the Real Estate Assessment Center inspection.”

The City of Newark is working with HUD to relocate the more than 100 residents by giving them vouchers to help find permanent housing.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Arthur Morgan III, of Eatontown, is accused of 1 Lawyer: Dad doesn't deny tossing toddler in creek
Prominent cancer doctor at Mountainside Hospital fatally struck 2 Prominent cancer doctor struck, killed in Essex Fells
Cranford facility combines salt caves, float pods to 3 Cranford facility combines salt caves, float pods to help decompress muscles
New roller coaster at Casino Pier in Seaside 5 New roller coaster at Casino Pier named Hydrus

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE