Hearing Tuesday to Look at Villa Del Norte's Future

Published 02/17 2014 09:04PM

Updated 02/17 2014 10:25PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- A hearing in Municipal Court Tuesday could put an order on the Villa Del Norte Apartments in North Lubbock to rebuild, repair, or demolish. One resident is urging anyone in his neighborhood to attend.

The apartments had part of the roof torn off and many apartments flooded in the storm back in June 2013. Then, they were declared unlivable, and have had secure orders put on the complex.  Those orders mean people aren't supposed to go inside.

"They're beyond repair," Leo Flores said. "Because they've come up and they've stripped everything out of them, they've stripped the copper out of the walls, light fixtures, the air conditioners."

Flores lives in the Mahon neighborhood, where Villa Del Norte is, and said he believes not long after the storm, people broke in and took most of the hardware to sell for pieces.

He wants anyone who lives nearby the complex to go to a hearing Tuesday morning in Municipal Court. The City of Lubbock Codes Department will be seeking a rebuild, repair or demolish order for the complex.

"Cause we want a better future for the kids that live around here, and safety for the elderly people that live around here also," Flores said.

He's worried about those who live nearby, like his mother.

"It is a danger, and I'm worried about my mom's safety, most of the people that live on down the street are elderly, and they used to come out and walk and now they're afraid to," Flores said.

He's hoping the building is eventually demolished, and said he thinks it could be a great place for North Lubbock to rebuild, and help the area for the future.

"It's a great area, I think we can grow and continue to grow, because with all the other development happening around us, I think it would be a great place to start," Flores said.

The hearing is at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the Municipal Court Building.

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