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Statement Regarding Incident at Garden Court West

August 15, 2012

08/16/12 The following statement from Reverend Dr. Ronald W. Liechty, President of Garden Court, Inc., addresses the August 14 incident at Garden Court West Apartments:

On Monday, August 13 a maintenance employee of Garden Court West Apartments witnessed an unknown individual placing trash in the property’s dumpster. Not recognizing the individual to be a resident of the complex, our employee followed up by checking to see what was discarded. Believing the package to be suspicious, property management staff promptly alerted local law enforcement. Our maintenance technician’s vigilance led to four arrests for drug-related offenses the next morning.

Local law enforcement called in the State Police Meth Team for assistance. When police subsequently located evidence that methamphetamine may have been produced in the apartment, full clean-up and remediation steps were taken as a precautionary measure.

Garden Court West, like every not-for-profit Garden Court complex, undertakes thorough background checks on prospective tenants. Unfortunately, as this case shows, we cannot always control who our tenants invite on the property as guests.

Garden Court West is a federally-subsidized, affordable community. Under the strict federal rules governing the funds which helped provide this popular housing option for area seniors, two populations must be eligible for residence: 1) seniors 62 years of age or older 2) and individuals of any age with a disability.

We regret the inconvenience and concern this incident has caused our tenants and residents of the surrounding neighborhood. The combined Garden Court properties serve 333 low-income households, and this is our first meth-related incident. We hope it will also be our last. Our property managers will continue to work proactively with law enforcement to help ensure the safety and comfort of our many law-abiding residents.

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3 Responses to “ Statement Regarding Incident at Garden Court West ”

  1. Thor on August 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Were glad the maintanence crew was diligent. That does not negate that fact that you were renting to drug manufacturers and hosting drug abusers.

    This seems to be typical of federally subsidised housing. I think it’s time to just say NO to this type of scum infested hive in our communities.

  2. Kathy Bottorff on August 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Because of HIPA laws we are not able to disclose the disability of the renter but 3 of the Garden Court Properties in Plymouth, Garden Court West, Garden Court East and Garden Court Downtown are all 62+ or disabled with no age requirement. We hope to have representatives from the Garden Court Orginization in on the What’s Your Opinion show on September 10th.

  3. Andrew on August 16, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I am a little unclear here. The story yesterday reported that the rentor was 26 years of age. I presume that this individual must have been handicapped, otherwise I don’t see how they could have qualified.