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Deplorable conditions exposed at DeKalb Co. apartment complex

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People living at the Creekside Forest Apartments in Decatur exposed a serious eyesore at their complex on Tuesday.

“When we first moved over here it was nothing like this,” resident Olivia Hines said. 

Hines lives in one of the apartment buildings with about 20 children under the age of 10, most of which she said have been neglected.

“Look at the trash. Kids can’t play out here because there’s so much trash and people just throw stuff and there’s nobody out here to clean it,” Hines said.

Residents told CBS46 that they haven’t seen the property owner in months and no one is working in the leasing office, which has broken windows and doors.

“The trash, they don’t come and get it. I mean we have no maintenance so if something breaks we’ve got to do it ourselves and pay for it ourselves,” resident Sahara Sloan said.

Commissioner Nancy Jester toured the filth and said conditions are unhealthy and dangerous.

“There’s some more medication right there, like blister packs of medication,” Jester said.

Jester decided to expose the eyesore even though it is located outside of her district in south DeKalb County.

“We can’t allow it to continue,” Jester said.

She said both the county and owner of the property should have addressed the code violations sooner.

“Wherever I see these types of issues, whether it is in my district or outside my district, we’re going to highlight them so the county will take action,” Jester said.

“If she’s just coming out here for some type of political thing then it’s no need, she could have just stayed in her car and kept it moving, but if she’s actually going to come down here and help us, the people going through the situation then absolutely yeah,” resident Aaron Williams said.

“No one ever comes over and checks on us so I really think that’s good if someone could come over here and put code enforcement in here to really see what’s going on,” Hines said.

Only time will tell whether this property can be brought back into compliance before it’s too late.

The property is located in Commissioner Larry Johnson’s district.  He’s the presiding officer over the Board of Commissioners. CBS46 called and emailed him and never heard a word.  We also contacted the property owner and he hasn’t responded.

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