Evicted residents return to condemned apartment complex in Glendale

It is a tough situation for folks at the Glendale West Apartment complex near 75th Avenue and Glendale as they have to leave for a number of structural reasons.

An orange "Do Not Enter Unsafe to Occupy" sign was placed on the building and by 7 p.m. Monday, February 16th, everyone has to be out of the complex.  No one can be there overnight.

According to city inspectors, they are looking at the concrete to see how strong it is and whether it can handle the stress of people walking on it, along with the railings on the second floor, the roof, wiring and alleged problems with the smoke detectors.

Inspectors found many deficiencies that they want fixed.

Meanwhile, a lot of people live here and it's a hardship on them.

"My take is it has to do with what happened with that raid the other day and that's the bottom line.  You know, there are bad cookies here.. I'm not going to say there aren't, but why have the ones that are law abiding citizens kicked out and thrown out onto the damn streets.  This isn't right," said Debbie, a resident.

Glendale Police, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were raided the complex as there were narcotics problems in recent days. This is an investigation that has been going back for some time.

Residents feel it was a consequence of all the deficiencies found with the apartments.

FOX 10 reached out to the landlord, Kevin McMahon.  Per the residents, he is said to be on military deployment in Cuba.  He did not return our call.

The City of Glendale's Community Action Program is working to assist residents displaced. They can be reached at 623-930-2854.

This is a developing story.  Stay with FOX 10 News for updates.

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