Judge allows razing of vacant apartments at Metro West

on Friday, 28 February 2014.

A federal judge has refused to stop Prairie Township’s plan to demolish the vacant units of Metro West, once the largest apartment complex in central Ohio.

U.S. District Court Judge Edmund A. Sargus refused to grant a temporary restraining order yesterday that was sought by the complex’s owner, Matrix Realty Group.

Prairie Township will start cleaning junk out of the 408 apartments in 17 buildings, then remove asbestos before demolishing the units, township Administrator Tracy Hatmaker said. The buildings are the closest ones to Georgesville Road. A 2004 fire there killed two people.

Robert Behal, an attorney for Matrix’s owners, said he would consult with his clients to see what to do next, including a possible appeal to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Matrix had argued that the state law that allows the township’s demolition order does not provide for an appeal, which violates the owners’ due process.

Hatmaker said Sargus ruled the argument was void because Matrix had signed an agreement to begin demolishing the apartments or be in talks with a buyer by Dec. 10. Neither happened.By The Columbus Dispatch                      • 

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