BLOOMINGTON — The owner of a burned east Bloomington apartment building remains in compliance on an unrelated chronic nuisance case filed on five rental properties he owns in west Bloomington, but city officials will continue to monitor the situation.
Wayne Pelhank, now an apparent resident of Florida, did not appear at the brief hearing in McLean County Circuit Court on Thursday. He was not represented by an attorney.
The properties are located at 922 and 924 West Front Street, and 901, 903 and 905 West Grove Street.
The chronic nuisance case was filed because significant crimes were happening in the vicinity of the properties and as a result, the city requested the owners put security cameras up and notify the police department when new tenants moved in.
“The owner remains in compliance and so we are asking for a continuance until next month,” Assistant City Attorney George Boyle told Judge Brian Goldrick. The case will be continued to March 22 to monitor his compliance.
In a separate legal matter, Pelhank and property manager Ed Duran, also face nearly 800 pending city code violations. City records show 572 citations pending for the West Grove and West Front streets properties and 226 citations pending for the burned Gettysburg Drive building, which the city was seeking to demolish before the fire. They are scheduled to appear in administrative court on those cases Wednesday.
The code violations in the Front and Grove street buildings are reported to be similar to those at the Gettysburg property, which included smoke alarm violations, faulty doors and windows and cockroach issues, according to the city's Deputy Corporation Counsel Angela Fyans-Jimenez.
Pelhank's lawyer, Eitan Weltman, declined comment earlier this week.