I have lived within sight of this property since there was only a single unit on the property. After petty purchased the property, as an out of town slum lord, Things quickly got worse their. One bad set of tenants drove out good neighbors. Then mr Petty refilled those apartments with friends of the people dealing drugs.
In the time that Mr. Petty has owned that property there have been hundreds of neighborhood watch complaint forms and police calls about the tenets of 1628 and their customers. Customers who were stealing mail out of neighborhood mailboxes and breaking into cars. Yelling matches at 1 am were common. The tenants of 1628 viewed church avenue as "Our Alley" and I have personally witnessed a young man get jumped by six shaved head individuals setting on the porch a 1628 for walking on "their" sidewalk and dareing to "mess with the "15th street crew"
The apartment complex has been raided by local and federal drug task forces multiple times. With how often they have been raided it is no surprise that the police were worried about a technical infraction getting in the way of a solid court case keeping these people out of the neighborhood and their drugs out of the street. Hash was the least of the crimes occurring there.
Nor do the Petty's deserve any sympathy. They were informed by concerned neighbors dozens of times, in letters, and by phone, of the fact that he was furnishing a house for the sale, manufacture and consumption of illegal Drugs. The only result was that he stopped taking calls from our neighborhood watch in an effort to claim he had no knowledge of committing the crime of allow this to continue for years.
I'm just glad the fire didn't spread.
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