Metro Council member expresses outrage after property violations - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Metro Council member expresses outrage after property violations ignored before fatal collapse

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville Metro Council member is expressing outrage and new questions are being posed at the site of the fatal building collapse in west Louisville.

Last Friday, Les' Meat Market, at the corner of 28th Street and Grand Avenue, partially collapsed, killing 71-year-old John Will Dozier as a facade of bricks fell from the building.

Dozier was doing some work for the owner of the market when the front part of the building collapsed, pinning him between a large metal beam and a metal drum. He died of "multiple injuries sustained in the collapse."

Today, cleanup began at the scene as workers could be seen filling a dump truck with debris.

Underneath the pile of rubble Thursday morning was rancid meat.

WDRB News has also learned that there were 100 violations registered against the property since 2014. Those violations were filed by the fire department, code enforcement and the health department.

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Jessica Green says she is irate, and that her office was both lied to and ignored.

"I'm trying to get to the bottom of it, but I know that if people don't give a crap about what it is that I have to say, or the requests that I make, then certainly Ms. or Mr. -- as a private citizen -- they probably don't about you as well," Green said. "And that is a deficiency in the system. People ought to be respected when they make complaints. Those complaints ought to be investigated, and if they are not, then somebody ought to give us some real answers, because I've got a major problem with that."

"Mr. Dozier did not deserve this," Green added.

Green called for a city audit to determine why the city failed to address the violations. She says this tragedy did not have to happen and 71-year-old John Dozier did not have to die.

Green says that in April, her office reached out to Property Maintenance & Code Enforcement, Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness, and Develop Louisville, expressing concerns about the building. She says she was basically told that the building owner was working to repair the property and his violations were "not that serious." 

It turns out, Green says, that no investigators visited the site. As a result, the community is outraged. Community leaders say frustration festers like the meat underneath the rubble, the smell so pungent it calls out to the buzzards.

"I am frustrated," said Rev. Gerald Muhammad. "I am heartbroken, I am angry and upset. I feel like our community has been disrespected."  

"I don't think city officials would have allowed this to happen in any other part of our city," Muhammad added.

A van at the scene this morning was a serious point of contention. After the collapse, it was thought to be a pocket of that rancid raw smell, filled with rotting meet. It turned out the boxes inside were actually empty, and it was hauled away.

With no shortage of dilapidated buildings in West Louisville and six days for any sign of cleanup, neighbors like Lloyd Hudson hope the city figures out what went wrong before it happens again. 

"If they can get it done -- over with -- and get this smell out...aw man, that's a relief," Hudson said.

WDRB has reached out to Louisville's department of Codes & Regulations, as well as Develop Louisville and the owner of the site. So for, there has been no response. 

Here are a list of the violations collected:

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