This is what remains of a large apartment building that was poorly maintained and never had to face inspection on Forest Avenue in Bellevue. In August 2011, all tenants were evacuated in the middle of the night. Almost a year later, the building was demolished. All of this could have been averted by responsible ownership and fire/safety inspections for Bellevue’s rental units – which make up 60% of residential properties in the borough.
While our council has a choke hold on the local business district, little is done to enforce the current code standards on rental properties throughout our borough. Our rental properties continue to crumble and our business district is given no incentive or opportunity to expand and grow.
Will this image soon be what is left of our borough in its entirety? What do you think is the problem here? We’d love your feedback.