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Apartment buildings owned by Wayne Pelhank at 922 and 924 W. Front St. continue to be monitored by city inspectors. 

DAVID PROEBER, PANTAGRAPH FILE PHOTO

BLOOMINGTON — Landlord Wayne Pelhank has been given another week to fix 169 remaining violations that city inspectors found last summer at apartments he owns on the city's west side.

They were among nearly 600 violations at five apartment buildings he owns in the 900 blocks of West Front and Grove streets that the city notified Pelhank about on July 14, 2017. 

Those violations included electrical, window and heating issues, said Deputy Corporation Counsel Angela Fyans-Jimenez. The city agreed to decide those violations in four batches.

"Everything was supposed to be abated by today," said Fyans-Jimenez following a hearing Wednesday in the city's administrative court. "They are alleging there was some confusion as to whether it was supposed to be abated by today's court date or May 23. 

"We just said we'll give you one final continuance or otherwise I am enforcing the group 3 plea agreement through circuit court, and I want proof of abatement of the group 4 violations " said Fyans-Jimenez.

"We had some stuff that was abated. However significant other things were not. So right now the total fine for group 3 is sitting at $17,500, which would be vacated per the plea agreement if they are abated." she said.

There were 28 violations unabated from group 3 and 141 violations that still needed to be fixed in group 4, she said.

An inspection of the properties is to scheduled for May 11. The case was continued to May 16.

Meanwhile, demolition of Pelhank's 12-unit, two-story building at 1101 Gettysburg Drive is pending the removal of asbestos. An accidental cooking fire Feb. 10 was the cause of the blaze that left seven families homeless. The building caught fire 11 days after city inspectors found 226 code violations there during an inspection.

In other action Wednesday in administrative court, a case filed against the  owners of the Grand Cafe was continued to May 23 so they can fix 15 newly-filed property maintenance code violations at the shuttered restaurant at 615 N. Main St. 

Initially, the owners faced 17 property maintenance and building code violations that city inspectors observed on April 2. Six of the those violations were dismissed after they were fixed. Those citations were related to abandoned signs and accumulation of rubbish or garbage.

The latest citations are related to roof and other exterior repairs. The owners also must have a licensed exterminator treat all insect infestations.

Each violation is punishable by a fine of $50 to $500 for each day it continues past the compliance date, said the city.

Contact Maria Nagle at (309) 820-3244. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Nagle

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Bloomington Reporter

Bloomington reporter for The Pantagraph.

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