Property concerns rise over Kozy Apartments project

By KBJR News 1

June 18, 2014 Updated Jun 18, 2014 at 9:56 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Some people living in Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood are disappointed with the city's decision to move forward with a plan fund improvements to the Kozy Apartments.

Some say the property owner is taking awful care of some of his other properties, and they don't want to foot the bill should there be any setbacks.

In mid-May the Duluth city council approved moving forward with a low-income housing tax credit for the Kozy Apartments project, working in conjunction with Eric Ringsred.

However, a few neighbors of a property in Lincoln Park, also owned by Ringsred, worry about putting money towards funding buildings that haven't been taken care of.

Gary Eckenberg who is on the city's nuisance and blight committee says the building has old tires piled on the roof to prevent leakage.

He say it's a perfect example of why the building is currently under condemnation for human habitation, and has been for quite some time.

"I don't know how you can trust a man who does this to his property in my neighborhood, or other parts of the city as well. He's a prolific property owner... and then to provide public dollars for an adventure such as the Kozy properties?" said Eckenberg.

Repairs have stalled at the Kozy apartments since the building last went up in flames in 20-12.

At the time of the fire, the building had no insurance, and so far, many in the community say the owners have shown little effort in repairing it.

The application for the tax credits was due June 18th, but city officials say they won't know if they qualify for the funding until November.

Elsa Robins