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VOL. 131 | NO. 43 | Tuesday, March 1, 2016

City Considers Seeking Delay In Warren and Tulane Apartments Move Out

By Bill Dries

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There is a move at City Hall to call for a delay in the relocation of tenants out of Warren and Tulane apartments, the two apartment complexes owned by Global Ministries Foundation, that have failed two federal inspections.

Following the second inspection of living conditions and for code violations in January, officials with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development announced they would end HUD subsidies to the tenants and begin relocating them to other places.

GMF announced it would put the two complexes up for sale once the residents moved out this month.

Warren and Tulane’s tenants are exclusively those receiving federal housing subsidies. The move to new complexes or housing that takes such subsidies comes with deposit requirements that some of the tenants have complained they can’t pay.

Memphis City Council members meeting in an unrelated committee session Monday, Feb. 29, brought up the pending call by the city, which was added to the council’s Tuesday executive session at 1:45 p.m.

Council attorney Allan Wade told council members the administration is also considering whether the city should undertake some kind of rehabilitation of the two apartment complexes or explore tenants owning the property.

The city action that the council could vote on at its Tuesday session would be a request to federal officials likely coupled with an exploration of long term options for the properties and tenants, according to the discussion among council members Monday.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 133 1,342
MORTGAGES 0 131 1,047
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 19 170
BUILDING PERMITS 0 305 3,056
BANKRUPTCIES 20 118 736
BUSINESS LICENSES 27 53 329
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0