Greensboro Inspectors Condemn Apartment Complex Where Refugee Children Died

Greensboro Inspectors Condemn Apartment Complex Where Refugee Children Died

1:32pm Aug 15, 2018
The Summit Avenue Apartment unit where five children died in a fire, pictured May 23, 2018. The City of Greensboro announced Wednesday it was condemning the property, which still carries hundreds of housing code violations. DAVID FORD/WFDD

The City of Greensboro is condemning the apartment complex where five children died in a fire earlier this year after finding hundreds of code violations had still not been resolved.

Greensboro’s Code Compliance inspectors took another look at the Summit Avenue Apartments on Monday.

The city found just one unit was in compliance with local housing standards, while 41 others were still not up to code.

In all, inspectors cleared 144 building violations, but found 696 others had still not been fixed.

The owners of the property, ARCO Realty, had already been granted one extension, which recently expired. The company requested another one on Monday, which the city denied.

The residents at Summit Avenue – many of whom are refugees – now have 30 days to vacate the property.

The city says it’s working with those residents to help with relocation.

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