This afternoon, the City of Lubbock filed a court petition regarding the Park Tower Apartments, 1617 27th St., citing long-standing concerns over occupant and firefighter safety.
The petition was filed in Lubbock Municipal Court which has jurisdiction to hear cases regarding substandard buildings.
The fire marshal and building inspection officials recommended filing the petition after working unsuccessfully with the building's owner to resolve multiple safety issues. The owner also repeatedly failed to fulfill multiple agreements with the City to correct the issues. The continued failure to correct the safety issues left City officials with the belief that filing the petition was the best way to ensure the safety concerns are promptly addressed.
Filing this petition does not mean occupants of the Park Tower Apartments are required to immediately vacate the building. Upon hearing this case, the municipal court judge will make the decision whether to repair, remove, or demolish the building and that decision will affect what residents are required to do.
The petition is scheduled for the June 27th court docket.