Paradise apartment owners fight to keep their property

Jan 22, 2014 6:10 PM

Rose Kallunki owns the Skyway Carousel Apartments in Paradise. And a few weeks ago her property was declared a public nuisance by town hall.

Kallunki was told she had 30 days to repair the problems or demolish the building. But on Wednesday, her son Charles Parker went to town hall and got a permit to remove fire damage and hopefully keep the property.

While this building needs a lot of work to get up to code, the owners say most of the damage was caused squatters who left the building a mess in addition to a pricey gas and electric bill.

“Over $9,000 in back fees,” Parker said. “They totally took advantage of my mom and gave my mom a hard luck story. She's a good Christian woman and took it on their word that they were going to do what they said. But they never did.”

Kallunki bought the building in 2001 and it means a lot to her. Parker says they'll do whatever it takes to keep it in the family.

“Me and my brother just want her to live where she wants to live; and she wants to live here,” he said. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to get all these violations taken care of to where she can stay here.”


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