Trash Piling Up As Collection Stops
Monday night, we showed you an apartment complex in Gainesville that's gone weeks without trash collection services.
The management missed one self-imposed deadline to clean it up.Â TV-20's Erica Rodriguez shows us how this situation is improving.
Imagine the smell of garbage piling up in the sun since Thanksgiving.Â The stench filled the property when we visited yesterday. When we tried to get some answers, no one was around.Â Â Â But after our story aired Monday night ... Things got moving this morning.
To residents like Jon Hendrix at Ventura Apartments in southwest Alachua County. "That's the sound of relief," he said.Â Â Â Hendrix says the last time he remembers a garbage truck rolling through here was Thanksgiving.Â Â Â "In addition to being a health problem and an eye sore, it seems to be that we're paying for a service we're not getting."
When we visited Ventura Apartments Monday afternoon, garbage was everywhere.Â Â And we had trouble finding someone in charge to explain.Â Â That's because this property is for sale.Â Â Â A south Florida based company called centurion partners plans to buy it. This isn't the first time they've heard from us.Â Â Jason O'Neal says his company, centurion partners, plans to buy Ventura apartments.
"Our goal as a company is to purchase distressed properties and bring them up to a standard that's acceptable."Â Â Just like their recent purchase of Gainesville's in the pines apartments, which is also in bad shape.Â Â But instead of facing code violations like those at in the pines ...Â Centurion will have to answer to the Alachua County Health Department.
O'Neal says the old management company at ventura apartments did not pay for trash collection...Â and that caused the backlog.
But, he says they've hired a new waste collection company, which started hauling stuff away this afternoon.Â That is good news to Jon Hendrix who says he won't be happy until the trash and its smell are gone.
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