LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Rotten meat and vegetables. Discarded appliances and garbage bags. And the smell to accompany it all.
That’s what’s happening at BLVD Apartments on Forest Rd. And city officials were there Friday and cited the complex for the overflowing dumpster.
Residents say it hasn’t been emptied since December.
“Having to go out and look at it every day for a month now has been very frustrating, especially because it’s such a nice complex,” resident MacKenzie Compton tells 6 News.
6 News was notified of the concerns via emails and frustrated residents also complained to the city. The complex has a trash notice in 2021, according to city property records.
Despite the complex’s generally tidy maintenance, Compton says the overflowing garbage is an embarrassment. He gets to the point where he doesn’t invite friends over.
“I haven’t invited any of my friends in a minute,” he says. “I thought, ‘I’ll go to your apartment.’ Just because this isn’t something I want all my friends to come see.”
He says he pays for garbage collection: between $20 and $60 a month.
“It really sucks because it’s such a high fee on top of what I’m already paying for rent and utilities,” he says. “So it’s a little frustrating when I pay for something that isn’t even cleaned.”
Compton and others have attempted to address complex management. The complex is owned by Friedman Communities of Clawson, Michigan. Each resident was told essentially the same thing.
“I emailed them yesterday and they said something about they are still trying to finalize contracts because they are changing property management,” Compton says, “but it’s been over a month. “Obviously they should have been more aware of this.”
When 6 News attempted to speak with management office officials, the crew was asked to leave the property.
Compton was dismayed by management’s actions with 6 News.
“If I can manage the trash in my apartment as a college student, an apartment complex should be able to manage its trash,” he says.
Phone calls to the company were not returned.
City code inspectors were on scene Friday and issued a notice to the complex. They will have until February 9 to clean up the mess, or the city will pay a contractor to do it. The resort must then pay the contractor in addition to an administrative fee. Fines are also possible.