The Atlanta Municipal Court ruled last week to force the demolition of the Sierra Ridge apartment complex in southwest Atlanta, considered a “haven for excessive criminal activity” by the Atlanta Police Department.
In August 2017, the City of Atlanta filed a nuisance petition against the property, alleging it was “unfit for human habitation and heavily crime-ridden.” Owners agreed to make necessary repairs and renovations. However, in March 2018, the City filed a contempt motion against the property owners for failing to comply with the consent order.
Last week, Municipal Court Chief Judge Christopher T. Portis ordered the demolition of the property within 90 days. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields hailed the judge’s order as a victory in the City’s fight against crime:
“We know that these properties are, indeed, a haven for crime and we applaud Judge Portis recognizing that the only real option here was to order the demolition of this property. We hope other irresponsible property owners will take notice and work to provide clean, respectable housing for its residents.”
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