OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- City officials have announced that they are pursuing criminal charges in connection with code violations at the troubled Yale Park Apartments.
According to a letter from City Prosecutor Matt Kuhse, criminal charges are being filed against the property owner.
The letter to Kay Anderson's attorney states that, "This office has been advised by the inspectors in the Planning Department of the violations and their investigation. We have been further advised of your client's failure to remedy these violations after receiving the notice of the violation. I am aware that Mr. Anderson has received several extensions.
Please contact Scott Lane or Kevin Mulcahy in the Planning Department to arrange a time for your client to receive a citation for these offenses. If your client does not present himself for said citation by February 4, 2019, this office will pursue a warrant for his arrest.
Yale Park was shut down last fall with its tenants moved to alternate housing.
The owner was given a long list of code violations in need of repair with reopening contingent upon compliance.
That set the stage for Friday's announcement.
Anderson's attorney, Jason Bruno, issued the following statement Friday afternoon:
"The charges against my clients are fabricated, malicious and designed to bully and intimidate. The charges and the City’s actions are a blatant violation of the constitution, the Consent Decree issued by the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, and the City’s own municipal codes and procedures.
"It is further impermissible for the City to take any action or file criminal charges because my client has an appeal pending in regards to the notices of violations. The City is not interested in affording my clients any due process considering they have been trying to negotiate a reasonable resolution with the City and provided a construction schedule to make repairs to the Apartments. The City has refused to work with Mr. Anderson in any fashion and is more interested in scoring political points in the press than ensuring that its citizens receive basic due process."