The city of Columbus has put the owners of a Cusseta Road mobile home park on notice that it could be shut down if “pervasive criminal activity, including persistent violence and drug-related activity” continues to be a problem, according to a letter sent to the owners.
The letter to Floyd and Richard Redding, listed owners of the Victory Mobile Home Park at 2631 Cusseta Road, cites more than 50 police reports of felony crimes including, aggravated assault, battery, prostitution, rape, burglary, drug use, drug dealing, car theft and carjacking. The letter also cites “intolerable” living conditions, including 26 mobile homes with property maintenance code violations and nine that had to be condemned. It also cited five solid waste warnings and three junk vehicle warnings.
“We bring this to your attention to ask your cooperation in bringing this property up to code standards and ensuring this property is not used as a criminal haven,” Mayor Teresa Tomlinson wrote. “We also wish to advise you that there are significant penalties under state law which might impact your property ownership should these activities continue.”
Tomlinson was referring to state laws under which the owner of a property used in criminal activity can be forced to forfeit the property to the state.
The city has sent similar letters in the past. In early 2012, Tomlinson warned the owners of a notorious cinder-block cluster of apartments on Wade Street, known by police as “The Hole.” Earlier, she similarly warned the owners of a small complex on Decatur Court about persistent criminal activity.
Both warnings resulted in reduced reports of criminal activity in their respective areas, Tomlinson said.
In the case of Wade Street, “Part One” felony crime reports in that area were running between 250-300 a year from 2008-2011, according to city records. After the owners were warned in early 2012, those numbers dropped to 190 in 2012 and to 158 in 2013, the records show.
The letter to the Reddings leaves the door open for them to revitalize their property.
“We welcome the opportunity to work with you to resolve this pressing circumstance,” it reads. “We are committed to seeing this property turned around to become an asset to the neighborhood.”
A phone message for Richard Redding seeking a comment was not returned. No listing for Floyd Redding could be located.