KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) confirms it is investigating conditions at a Kansas City senior citizen apartment complex.
Residents of the Pavilion Senior Center contacted FOX4, saying their federally-subsidized resort has become a haven for mold, drugs and even prostitution.
“I’ve been fighting cockroaches for over two years,” said resident Louise Painter. “I’ve been here for almost 20 years, and it’s getting worse all the time. “
A resident declined to give her name, but said she received lease violations from manager JoAnn Suber after meeting with the state to try to clean up the complex.
“It was nice until she arrived and the clientele she moved into,” said the resident. “We now have drug addicts, people who sell drugs, we have prostitution in the building. A girl, about a year and a half ago, her companion is standing by the railing of the elevator on the third floor. And that day, I saw her come in three times with a different man each time.
A KCPD crime map shows one sex offense, eight assaults and at least eight other police calls a few blocks from the resort on Holiday Drive over the past week.
Residents also told FOX4 that they have been dealing with black mold for years.
Our team came by the property on Monday to try and speak with Suber about the conditions. The office was closed for Columbus Day, but a resident got it on the phone. She said “no comment” and asked us to leave.
Suber also directed us to the parent company, Community Realty Management, which was also closed for the holidays.
But while we were there other residents wanted to talk to us and got a different story.
“For me everything went well and I’ve been here six years,” said resident Jerry Jackson.
“The mold is no longer there,” added Fred Rashaw. “They tore down the walls, got rid of all the mold. It’s not like they’re not doing anything.
HUD said in a statement:
Opportunity Pavilion Senior Center is privately owned and receives HUD grants for rental assistance. HUD continues to investigate concerns raised by residents. HUD’s number one priority is the safety and well-being of those we serve. When we identify property conditions that do not meet this commitment, our department strives to take prompt action to ensure that the owner and property management immediately correct the deficiencies.
FOX4 has not received a response from Community Realty Management.
The office of Sixth District Councilor Andrea Bough is now addressing this issue.
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