JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Tuesday, a city initiative at the Shannon Ridge Apartments had eight of its 19 buildings condemned due to various issues, leaving 15 people displaced.
Tuesday's raid at the apartment complex, located on Shenandoah Avenue, was a DART initiative.
DART stands for Drug Abatement Response Team. It is a partnership between various city organizations, including code enforcement and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, that enforces code violations in an effort to curtail illegal activity.
Tuesday's sweep began at 9 a.m. The program was a voluntary one, where city inspectors knock on doors and ask residents if they can come in and inspect the apartment. JSO deputies escorted the city personnel as they went door-to-door.
Inspectors condemned the apartments for various reasons, including exposed wires and water leaks.
As a part of the initiative, the city will help the displaced people with rent to get started in a new residence. The city will also help with utilities if needed.
Reggie Brown, the city council member who represents the area where the apartment complex is located, was at the complex during the inspections.
Melissa Bujeda, Public Information Officer for JSO released information on police calls at the Shannon Ridge Apartments. During 2011, police were called there a total 594 times for reasons ranging from noise complaints and fireworks to people being shot and burglaries.