City officials call it a big step forward in fixing a longtime Springfield eyesore.
Appearing live on 970 WMAY's "Ray Lytle Show," Alderman Joe McMenamin says the owner of the MacArthur Park apartments has agreed to a settlement of the city’s legal action against him.
Under terms of the deal, owner James Green will pay a $13,000 penalty immediately, and must pay an additional $57,000 by next spring… and must meet a series of deadlines to complete repairs at the apartment complex or face additional fines.
The city took action after years of disrepair and complaints about high crime and squatters within the complex.
[CORRECTION: Due to incorrect information provided to 970 WMAY News, an earlier version of this story misstated the amount of financial penalty to be paid by the apartment complex owner. Those figures are now corrected in this version.]