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Demolition of northeast side apartment complex is complete

Posted at 7:40 PM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 19:40:35-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Demolition is complete on an apartment complex that was described as an eyesore and a hotspot for crime.

"There was a lot of killings over there some of my family members was dead over there," Kaylah Nicols said.

Only concrete slabs remain at the former site of the Oaktree Apartments near 42nd Street and Post Road. The buildings are gone and the land sits empty. The 19-acre property used to be a spot filled with fires, vandalism and violent crime.

"Bad things usually just happened over there," T.J. Neeley said. "Homeless people were always out there asking for money, for drugs and all that."

The property was declared a public nuisance in 2013, and in 2014, the final residents were evicted due to a lack of running water.

"They should've torn them down after all them years," Neeley said.

Not only did the vacant and closed-up apartment buildings attract crime, the buildings themselves were unsafe.

"The flooring was really bad," Nichols said. "It smelled horrible over there."

Demolition began Oct. 30, and now about two months later, it is complete and people who live in the area can start to look forward to the future and what's next for the land.

"I think more stores should be over there because there’s really nothing over here," Nichols said.