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Issues continue at the Villager Apartments in Silver Lake

t is not a rare sight to see the law enforcement vehicles in front of the Villager Apartments on Grove Street in Silver Lake. According to Police Chief RJ Cripps, the apartment building has averaged 207 police calls per year, a total of 1,036, over the last five years and the number seems to be increasing.
The City Council learned that the owner is still working on bringing the facility up to compliance in order to obtain the certificate of occupancy, which should have been issued in January. City officials have been unable to communicate with the owner.
Only six of the eight units are deemed legally habitable and there are concerns about “squatters” living in the two uninhabitable units. There is overall concern for the safety and security of the residents and neighborhood.
Council Member Nolan Johnson excused himself from the council to address the council as a resident who lives next door. Johnson expressed his continued frustration with the situation after a suspect was apprehended at gun point in his front lawn.
For more about issues at The Villager, see the June 20 print edition of The Chronicle.