On Monday September 26th, 2022, the City's Building Standards Commission, with direction from the City's Building Official, declared "Creekside Apartments", the multi-family housing units located at 406 Deats in Dickinson, substandard buildings that are currently below the minimum standards for continued use and occupancy.
After months of inspections and investigation into the condition of the property, Chief Building Official Herman Meyers stated Monday night during his presentation that, "it is evident that every building and structure on the property is in a state of disrepair and that management has a complete disregard for the health, safety, and general welfare of the public."
These findings were made through property owner-approved and tenant-approved inspections that have been conducted over the last five months, from May 2022 through September 2022.The City of Dickinson’s Chief Building Official, Assistant Building Official, Fire Marshal, Code Enforcement Officers, and SAFE Built Code Officials all uncovered numerous code violations throughout the property.
"The citizens of Dickinson deserve better than the conditions they were living in at Creekside Apartments," said Fire Marshal Shonna Bellow. "Our number one concern is any issues that call into question life safety, and in this case, the conditions were so egregious we had to take this drastic measure."
The Building Standards Commission made two separate declarations within the order issued on September 28th, 2022.
The first declaration gives the property owners sixty days to present a plan to the commission that would bring the occupied units into code-compliant conditions that no longer endangers the health, safety, and welfare of the residents, our first responders, and the community at large.
If the property owners are unable to meet the specific requirements outlined in the agreed order, the commission would then have the ability to require that the property be abated, and/or vacated. Assistance will be provided to residents for relocation efforts through local non-profits.
The second declaration declared the unoccupied units on the property, located along Tanglewood Dr., to be substandard structures that are to be demolished by the property owner within 90 days. If they cannot comply with the agreed-upon order, the City will demolish the unsafe structures and lien the property for any incurred costs to the City.
"The City has every intention of handling this process with the utmost concern for our residents. We want more for Dickinson than the living conditions they were left in," said Mayor Sean Skipworth. "I hope this sends a strong message to landlords in Dickinson that the City is ramping up our code enforcement efforts, and these threats to the health and safety of the very residents who call your property home are unacceptable."
If you are a resident of Creekside, we have created a page on our website at www.dickinsontexas.gov/creekside
with more information, including a video of the presentation made to the Board on Monday, as well as the official order filed by the City with the County.