City attorney shuts down nuisance property on the westside

On May 11, Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein announced that the city of Columbus secured a temporary restraining order to shut down a Hilltop residence located one block north of West Broad Street. It’s the 10th drug-related nuisance property the city has boarded up in police zone three on the westside this year.

Klein filed a complaint for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief in the Franklin County Environmental Court against 135 North Burgess Ave. After the initial filing, the owner of the property entered into negotiation with the city attorney’s office and reached a stipulated agreement to vacate and shutter the premises. The parties have agreed to continue negotiations for a complete settlement of the case while the property remains boarded up. A status conference with the court is scheduled for July 15.

“These residents deserve to live in safe neighborhoods and I hope our efforts to shut down these dangerous properties send a clear message,” said Klein. “We will continue to aggressively target properties like these with such egregious, violent criminal activity.”

According to the city attorney, on Sept. 2, 2020, Columbus police received a ShotSpotter alert at the premises. On Feb. 1, officers responded to a report of a deceased individual inside the premises. On Feb. 22, officers responded to the premises on report of a fight, then on March 1, officers responded to a report of a domestic violence incident.

During the week of April 12, detectives from the investigative/tactical unit executed a search warrant and seized more than 200 grams of methamphetamine, cocaine, and other drugs, as well as three semi-automatic weapons and close to $1,400 in cash.

“It’s unfortunate that the conditions at this property deteriorated to such an extent that we had to file a complaint with the court, but this is an instance where the property owner eventually agreed to work with us,” said Assistant City Attorney Zach Gwin, who is the zone initiative attorney for the city’s westside. “We hope that he’ll continue to negotiate in good faith to find a permanent solution that brings his property back into compliance and protects the health, safety, and well-being of the neighborhood.”


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