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ST. LOUIS — A spokesman for Mayor Lyda Krewson took to Twitter on Thursday to announce steps the city was taking to help residents of the deteriorating Southwest Crossing Apartments.

The complex, owned by T.E.H. Realty, is off Interstate 55 in far south St. Louis.

Mayoral spokesman Jacob Long said Krewson “instructed the City Refuse Division to go down, clean up and haul away the overflowing trash, which the (city) cited the property for yesterday. We will continue to monitor trash and BILL the owner for our efforts instead of the taxpayers.”

Long said Krewson is also “working to ensure all exterior, overhead lights stay on at and around the property because letting it go dark is a serious public safety issue.”

Long went on to say the city will not turn off water to the apartments despite the owner’s unpaid bills and that the city isn’t forcing residents to leave.

Long said the complex is now considered a nuisance property and has 14 unoccupied condemned units and 27 other units with interior building code violations.

“We are doing everything within our power right now to work with (residents) and support them, and we are continuing to explore additional options with the appropriate parties and resources,” he said.

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