Two people were arrested Tuesday at the complex on outstanding warrants.
DART inspections can often end in the condemnation of an apartment complex, forcing it to shut down. As a result of Tuesday's inspections, the city and the Red Cross were offering temporary assistance in case residents were displaced because of code violations. They set up a shelter at Legends Center near Soutel Drive and Moncrief Road, where one family stayed Tuesday.
Displaced residents who apply for assistance can receive aid for a deposit or utilities for another residence, up to $1,250. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority provided transportation assistance.
The Duval County Health Department said there was one active, non-infectious case of tuberculosis at the apartment complex. That person receives pills each day from the Health Department. Out of abundance of caution, free screenings were being offered to anyone who wanted them.
City Councilman Reggie Brown, who represents District 10 in Northwest Jacksonville, said he'd be happy to see the apartment complex go, but he's not happy to see all its families forced out on the streets.
"We're not just trying to displace folks. We do want to make sure they have a quality life, and that's not what's happening here," Brown said.
He said if he had his choice, he'd simply knock down the apartment buildings.
"As a district council person, I would level this down and several other areas in Jacksonville," Brown said of the apartments. "No one should be forced to live like this."
Brown said the apartment complex is a source of prostitution and drugs.
"If you're paying to live somewhere, then the owner of that property has a responsibility to maintain it, and clearly that's what is not happening out here today," Brown said.
Records show the complex is owned by a Miami-based company, Jorkin Jax LLC, that purchased the complex in June. Brown said the property is managed by American Management in Atlantic Beach.