Cleaning Up Code Violations

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 25, 2010 at 9:56 PM EDT

Work is being done to re-open a Johnson City apartment building condemned by code enforcement.

A baby got stuck in a heating vent at 78 Main Street.

A group of men spent their day working here at 78 Main Street in Johnson City.

The building was condemned after a 19 month old child was rescued after falling into from a heating vent Wednesday.

According to county records, the owner of the building is Sedlacek Live Trust.

And the group owns several other properties in the area.

The apartments are empty now, and will stay that way until the building can be brought up to code.

Crews at the site expect work to be finished and have the building up and running by Friday.

Having a building condemned doesn't mean it will stay closed forever.

The landlord can fix the problems, have it re-inspected and then re-open the building.

The owner must also make sure the appliances inside are safe to use.

This isn't the first time code complaints have been brought against the Sedlacek Live Trust.

The City of Binghamton says it's dealt with minor violations in the past at two properties here on Matis Street.

City leaders say code enforcement received calls from the people living at 3 Matis Street in February, complaining about having no heat, broken windows and holes in the floor.

They say they were unable to follow up with the tenants because they couldn't get a hold of them.

But they say they will be following up with the residents of these buildings as soon as possible.

Calls were placed to the Johnson City Code Enforcement office, but they were out of the office today.

Calls to Sedlacek Live Trust went unanswered.

Live in Johnson City, Gabe Osterhout, WBNG-TV Action News.

The owners of Sedlacek Living Trust are listed as Frank and Catherine Sedlacek.

They also own other Johnson City properties at 110 Academy Street, 71 Endicott Avenue, 6 Main Street Terrace, and 29-31 Carhart Avenue.

In Binghamton, they own properties at 48 Holland Street, 3 Matis Street, 7 Matis Street, 12 Wilson Street and 11 St. Cyril Avenue.

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