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Work is expected to start soon at Southwest Crossing Apartments in south St. Louis

Work is expected to start soon at Southwest Crossing Apartments in south St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS — A judge agreed Thursday to appoint a new management company to run Southwest Crossing Apartments, the troubled complex in south St. Louis owned by SM-T.E.H. Realty 3 LLC.

In a lawsuit filed this week, Freddie Mac, which secures loans, asked that an affiliate of the Sansone Group be appointed receiver of the 328-unit property near Interstate 55 and Germania Avenue. 

In a hearing Thursday, Emily Cantwell, an attorney for Freddie Mac, argued that a court-appointed receiver was needed to stabilize the property and get the complex in good enough shape to “be sold or foreclosed.” 

She mentioned unpaid sewer bills and poor living conditions that have been covered heavily by media outlets.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer described the conditions at the complex as “a little bit severe” before he approved the request. 

Work is expected to begin as soon as the receiver posts a $50,000 bond assuring their performance under the court order. It was unclear from the hearing how much money was going to be invested into Southwest Crossing as part of the arrangement, but single expenditures of more than $20,000 must be approved by the court. 

Attorneys representing T.E.H. Realty, which is still an owner of the property, didn’t show up at the hearing. 

Big apartment owner faces complaints across St. Louis area

T.E.H. Realty acquired a dozen big apartment complexes here since 2014. Those apartments are an important provider of affordable housing in the St. Louis area, but many are in bad shape. The Post-Dispatch has chronicled efforts by tenants and others to address those conditions. 

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