Owner of evacuated Troy apartment complex appears in court

The owner of the Harbour Point Garden Apartments appeared in court Wednesday morning in response to numerous complaints and issues that the property has faced. He was responding to 12 appearance tickets.

Those tickets cite safety concerns, including asphalt in disrepair, issues with the retaining wall, broken windows, and issues with the stairs.

It’s been a month since 135 tenants were forced out of the apartments because of safety issues.

NewsChannel 13 learned last week that seven people have been allowed back in. Ten more units were cleared Tuesday night for tenants to return. The rest are staying with family, friends or are in a motel.

This all started in May, when the city’s code department reached out to the property owners. That was after tenants complained about several safety issues. Then, the tenants were evacuated on June 22.

Troy officials on June 29 met with engineers contracted by the owners on June 29 to discuss fixing the building’s issues.

That then lead to July 6, when the Troy City Council voted to subpoena Lexington Properties, LLC.

NewsChannel 13 continues to follow this story. We will bring you updates on WNYT.com as we get them, and our later newscasts.