Brooklyn Park Fines Huntington Place Apartments Owner for Repair Failures
Brooklyn Park to Levy Fines Against Owner of Huntington Place Apartments
At a Brooklyn Park City Council meeting Monday night, issues at the Huntington Place Apartments were once again at the forefront.
Aeon, the nonprofit that owns the Huntington Place Apartments in Brooklyn Park, is facing up to $10,000 worth of fines from the city for failure to complete work orders.
Council members, Aeon’s CEO and residents were at Monday’s meeting to discuss living conditions and possible solutions.
Earlier in June, CCX cameras went inside the some of the buildings where residents say for months they’ve raised concerns about mold, holes in ceilings and mice infestations among other issues but nothing was done to address them.
“Because of these failures, we will be issuing a number of fines to Aeon to encourage them to get on top of these repairs,” said Kim Berggren, Brooklyn Park’s director of community development.
City officials say Aeon received $2.2 million of the $6 million it could access through existing loan agreements.
“They will not continue to be able to get reimbursements unless they’re in compliance with these loan documents,” Berggren said.
Visibly upset council member Tonja West-Hafner expressed her concerns.
“When the hell is the money going to get spent?” she asked. “It breaks my heart that people have to continue to come to us and ask us to help with this and help with this and help with this. I know because I work with the county that we have given $3.5 million.”
CCX News last reported Aeon having 336 open maintenance requests.
Aeon president and CEO Alan Arthur didn’t get into specifics, but said he is working to make changes.
“Things are changing but there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think we should be changing faster,” Arthur said. “We have an obligation and we will do our best to fulfill it.”
City officials say they want to continue meeting with both Aeon and residents to come up with solutions.