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Phoenix Issues Records-Setting Fine Against Owners of Woodbridge ApartmentsPhoenix Issues Records-Setting Fine Against Owners of Woodbridge Apartments<div class="ExternalClass4F9D58EF5C2847D4888C5AA844389077"><p>Phoenix's Municipal Court recently issued a fine totaling more than $2.8 million to the owners of Woodbridge Apartments after being found guilty on 385 out of 406 criminal counts.  The sentencing took place this week after years of refusing to work with the city to get their property, located at 6635 N. 19th Ave., into compliance with the city code.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Complaints on the property were first received back in June 2012 for lack of adequate cool air at the 305-unit apartment community.  To date, more than 2,500 hours of staff time from several departments, including Neighborhood Services, Planning & Development and Prosecutor's Office, were spent on enforcement of the property as well as education of tenant rights.  Woodbridge is the only apartment complex given the designation of a "slum property" by the city.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">"This is a huge win for the city," said Chris Hallett, director of the Neighborhood Services Department.  "We worked as a team across several departments to ensure the owners were held responsible for their reckless endangerment of the health and safety of its tenants.  This type of management style will not be accepted in Phoenix."</p><p>The trial officially ended in August, with sentencing taking place two weeks ago.  Since Sept. 16, roughly five re-inspections have occurred at the property and nearly 50 percent of the balconies/porches were replaced throughout the complex.  Multiple construction crews have been on site, and management is in the contractor bid process for tree removal, exterior surface, electrical and plumbing repairs.  If the property is back in compliance within 90 days, the fines would be reduced to approximately $451,000.</p></div>12/3/2014 6:00:00 PMMedia contact: Stephanie Romero, 602-261-8512