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INDIANAPOLIS — The Lakeside Pointe Apartments on the east side of Indianapolis has become a nuisance not just for the people who live there and the people who live nearby, but for Indianapolis city leaders as well.

“Over the past several years, we’ve heard a parade of horror stories from tenants at Lakeside Pointe Apartment Complex,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Maintenance requests going unanswered, health issues caused by unacceptable living conditions, and fire after fire after fire.”

Indianapolis firefighters have been called several times to the apartment complex over the last few years. Their latest run was for the complex’s clubhouse which was completely burned up in June of 2021, with the damage still untouched and visible and an eyesore for people in the neighborhood.

But it extends beyond fire damage. City inspectors call many units throughout the complex uninhabitable.

Hogsett said that the city has been pressing the owners of Lakeside Pointe with civil enforcement actions and have found hundreds of violations committed by ownership. So far Hogsett says they have gone mostly unanswered.

“If property owners do not make real progress towards fixing health and safety violations by Jan. 31, 2022, we will jointly file suit under Indiana’s nuisance law,” Hogsett said. “Property owners are obligated to do more than cash rent checks!”

Since 2017, the Marion County Public Health Department has issued well over 600 notices of violations in all of Indiana’s housing codes.