Arlington Councilman Calls City Hall Meeting Over Complaints About Park Row Paddock Flats

Rebecca Boxall, District 5 Council Member, hosted a community meeting Thursday at 6:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 210 Park Row Drive to sort out several complaints from residents since the property reopened with a new owner in 2020 , Lincoln Ave. Capital and multi-million dollar repairs.

“The idea was to get everyone in the same room and discuss all these issues face-to-face, rather than relying on ‘this person said this, this person said that’,” Boxall said in a phone interview.

Boxall, both a council member and former president of the nearby Heart of Arlington Neighborhood Association, said she had received conflicting reports over the years about the 420 W. Park Row Drive complex.

Residents over the years have reported numerous instances of leaking pipes and flooding problems that have caused furniture to become waterlogged and forced out of the home. Boxall said some had sewer problems and burst pipes during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Neighbors also complained that the number of tenants and guests parked along the curbs made it difficult for ambulances to reach them, Boxall said.

Boxall attributed the sewage problems to the age of the house. The previous owners, who ran the complex under the names Spanish Park Apartments and Cooper Crossing, were threatened with heavy fines in 2007 for violating the city’s minimum housing standards. The facility was built in the 60s.

“There are some serious issues that are very difficult to solve, let’s put it this way,” Boxall said.

Lincoln Avenue Capital has spent more than $25 million on the paddock since acquiring the property in 2019, according to an apartment spokesperson. The company initially invested $14 million in repairs, but the price rose as the developers found more problems.

However, residents say the lingering problems have affected their quality of life in the apartments, and they fear retaliation from management for the problems.

“I hope the residents come,” Boxall said. “It is claimed that none of them will come because they are afraid of retribution, but we will see if any real tenants show up.”

Asked about retaliation, a spokesman for Paddock said management addresses issues when residents raise them.

“We continue to work closely with all stakeholders to support the community and value our cooperative relationships with our residents, professional partners, and the City of Arlington,” the spokesperson wrote in an email.

Boxall said she receives weekly reports on the condition of the apartment and the actions taken in case of problems.

“However, when I get these reports, they look really good on paper, but they don’t always align with what other people are telling me, so we’re having this meeting so we can really discuss all of this,” she said.

The paddock is the first of its kind in Arlington. The renovation was carried out through a partnership between Lincoln Avenue Capital and Arlington Housing Finance Corporation. It also received a 4% government tax credit, which is available to affordable housing projects.

A spokesperson for Lincoln Avenue Capital said a property representative would be in attendance at the event.

Any advice? Email Kaylie Broussard at [email protected] You can follow Kaylee on Twitter. @kaileybroussard.

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