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Vehicle crashes into Fayetteville apartment building

Posted April 29, 2013

— Several apartments were evacuated early Monday after a vehicle crashed into a building at Cambridge Arms Apartments in Fayetteville, authorities said.

The crash happened about 7 a.m. at the complex on Barcelona Drive. Fayetteville police said it appeared the driver was trying to park when the accident occurred. Traffic in the area was unaffected.

An unknown number of residents were forced to leave eight units in Building 16 at the complex while authorities used a tow truck to remove the vehicle. Power to the building was shut off, and crews stabilized the structure with shoring materials.

Police said the apartment manager will need a structural engineer to work with the city to evaluate the damage and make any needed repairs before residents can return.

The Red Cross was assisting the displaced residents.

Cambridge Arms is the subject of a nuisance lawsuit filed by the city against Southwood Realty, which owns the apartments. Officials contend the complex is crime-ridden and want the owners to clean it up.

In the last five years, at least three homicides have been reported at Cambridge Arms, as have countless burglaries, armed robberies, assaults, domestic disputes, drug deals and reports of gunfire. Police responded to 278 calls from the complex last year and 22 so far this year, according to the lawsuit.
 

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  • LibertarianTechie Apr 29, 7:58 p.m.

    If off-duty officers can't see a wanted person in the apartment complex, how does the city expect the owner of the complex to do so? Very interesting indeed.

  • Obamacare survives Apr 29, 10:56 a.m.

    I was beginning to get worried. It's been a few weeks since we've had a driver crash into a building.

  • Life-goes-on. Apr 29, 9:09 a.m.

    I'd say that 22 in the third of the year is a substantial reduction from last year. But I'm curious how the owner is supposed to clean up problems that police presence on an almost daily basis hasn't been able to do. Are the owners supposed to become a vigilante presence and take out the criminals? It seems to me that the city should be jailing some of the troublemakers and taking them out of the apartment complex. Don't the police still do that?

  • LibertarianTechie Apr 29, 8:43 a.m.

    Wow. Now this is getting interesting. I guess having a police sub station in the apartment complex would not have prevented this?

  • hollylama Apr 29, 8:15 a.m.

    This probably isn't helping their case.