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Clinton

May 1, 2013

Ceiling collapse displaces residents

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The apartments have been completely gutted. According to BNS rental housing inspector Chris Schneider, the apartments will be examined one by one and a list will be made of what needs to be done to make them safe and livable. Once that list is complete, management will need to get permits to make the changes necessary in order to reopen the building.

“We’re trying to work with the bank and the management company to bring things up to code,” Schneider said.

City officials said they have been and will continue to work with Miller Ridge owners and management to solve issues that exist at the embattled complex.

“We aren’t interested in shutting the place down, we’re interested in people’s health and safety,” Brown said.

Miller Ridge management declined to comment on the ceiling collapse at Building 14, but property manager Shannon Cook said she is organizing a clean-up day for residents this Saturday in an effort to improve the complex.

“If we all come together we can make it a better place,” Cook said.

The complex is currently the center of a foreclosure lawsuit. Wisconsin-based Layton State Bank filed suit against Miller Ridge, LLC, and Joe Miller, owners of the apartment complex at 2604 N. Fourth St. Other defendants include the city of Clinton, Guardian Credit Union, the US government acting through the Internal Revenue Service, Aaron Malone and Dale Bott Trucking.

Layton State Bank claims the owners owe $3.5 million in mortgage payments, $382,357 in unpaid city sewer bills and housing inspection fees, and $453,903 in property taxes.

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