Police, Fire, Code Enforcement visit troubled west Charlotte apartment complex

- Lake Arbor Apartments can't seem to stay away from controversy.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, Charlotte Fire and City of Charlotte Code Enforcement visited the west Charlotte complex on Tuesday afternoon.

Collectively, they wanted to visit with someone representing ownership of the complex, to address a lengthy, growing list of concerns from people who live there.

That representative never showed up to the scheduled appointment.

The list of issues includes no power in some units, mail service issues, mold, water damage, broken air conditioning units, rats, roaches and a whole lot more.

Belmar Construction in New York told FOX 46 Charlotte they own Lake Arbor. Belmar also told FOX 46 that Broad Management handles the property. Both hung up on our phone calls when pressed for answers.

Lake Arbor's resident manager, Lori Walker, was represented by an attorney in environmental court on Tuesday. The City of Charlotte said Walker had failed to comply with at least 15 different code enforcement violations -- after being given ample time to do so.

Some of those corrections have been made and Walker was granted a 30-day extension on others.

That being said, the court appearance had everything to do with past violations -- that is, before FOX 46 began investigating in late July. Since then, dozens of complaints have rolled in. 

Duke Power was forced to shut off power in a number of building on the property due to exposed wiring and the United States Postal Service has discontinued mail because of the poor conditions of the mail boxes.

Residents have to drive 15 minutes away to pick up their mail at a post office at 4800 Express Dr. near the airport, Monday through Saturday, between noon and 3 p.m.

"When they fix stuff, they're doing quick fixes, that way it's a cover-up when code enforcement comes," resident Iyanna Flemming said. "But then it breaks again."

Management that works on the property has yet to comment with FOX 46 but, on Monday, they did add a sign outside of their leasing office that read, "We Love our Residents."

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