Arlington apartments

06/06/2014 6:20 PM

06/07/2014 9:13 AM

I was shocked at the comments by Roger Neal. (See: “Apartment developers say Arlington unfairly rejected their plans,” on May 27.)

I have lived for 40 years in the neighborhood he’s talking about.

The problem with La Joya has not been with the people who lived there, but with the slumlord owners who did not live there and did not maintain even basic standards for the souls who did live there.

To come in here buying a condemned property, plead bankruptcy, and now beg to have a chance to “refurbish” a totally dilapidated complex that will take millions to fix, challenges good sense.

The place had ceilings falling in on the residents’ heads, exposed electrical wires, broken windows with animals coming in and out (squirrels, possums, rats, cats, etc.), broken toilets and plumbing.

The list of code violations for several years has been huge.

Trying to blame neighbors and the city of racism is a diversionary tactic.

These guys need to go back where they came from and stop messing up a neighborhood that is working to maintain a safe and stable environment for all its residents.

— Elin Jacks, Arlington

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