NORFOLK – In light of reports made about the sub-standard living conditions at the Avon Garden apartment complex in Norfolk, the building’s management decided to open it’s doors to Norfolk News Bureau cameras.
Dennis Lewchuk, the head maintenance man at the Avon Garden, reached out to the Norfolk News Bureau to show the public the work he and his crew are doing to the structures on the property.
Lewchuck says the staff at Avon Garden is doing it’s best to get the buildings and grounds in better shape.
Lewchuk: “It’s probably going to cost maybe, I don’t know, over $100,000, but we’re going to have Avon Gardens looking pretty again.”
Norfolk City Councilman Josh Moenning was present during the tour of the complex, and witnessed first hand the problems with Avon Garden and how the staff is trying to fix them. Moenning was not impressed.
Moenning: “Frankly, this is disturbing. Two fires in the last five days, reports of deplorable living conditions within these apartments that have families with young children that are potentially at risk. It’s disheartening and it’s disappointing.”
From the City of Norfolk’s standpoint, Moenning says they have looked into possibly implementing a rental inspection process to ensure that situations like the one at Avon Garden do not happen again.
The owner of the Avon Garden, Jeremy Anderson, declined to comment as he was “emotionally distraught” after the events of the last few days according to Lewchuk.