Apartments across from Trappe Tavern

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Angry Citizen

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#1
Jul 22, 2009
 
Does anyone know why the heck they are building homes next to the Pine Woods apartments?? Dont they know that gang bangers are nocturnal and live at the apartments!! Drive through there at night around 1am there are 3 year old kids running around the parking lot with guns and knives!! They go for 350k!!!! OMG!! Retards. When will the remaining of the Pine Woods apartments be boarded up?
Jeff

Collegeville, PA

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#2
Jul 22, 2009
 
Trappe should condemn them, based on building and safety violations as well as on public nuisance grounds. Not sure why they aren't forcing the owner to clean them up, or close them down. Disgraceful.
Angry Citizen

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#3
Jul 22, 2009
 
Somebody finally agrees! They are making property values go down! The cops are there 8 days a week! They caught fire a couple weeks ago. Drive through there. A section of them are borded up. Now they have a crack house.
Jeff

Collegeville, PA

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#4
Jul 22, 2009
 
Yeah Angry Citizen, this is about the only thing that I agree with you on. This place is a dump. The main reason is the slumlord who runs owns them- he only charges $750 for a 2 bedroom, because he doesn't care who rents them, just that they are rented. For that cheap price, you get the scummiest people renting there. The next closest rent for a complex of similar size in the area is about $1200/mo for a 2 bedroom. That's $450/mo less, and therefore the scum comes.
Local Citizen

Phoenixville, PA

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Sep 3, 2009
 
I currently reside in the association ran townhome community located adjacent to the Pine Woods apartments. Our neighborhood is a children filled, buisness, middle class environment. Why we are placed near such a community as Pine Woods I do not know. Or should I say, why are they placed in such a community of Trappe, Pennsylvania. I am disgusted beyond words with the council of Trappe Borough. This complex should have been condemned years ago. I have recently been informed a registered child predator has moved into this location. The children of my neighborhood are forced to walk to their bus everyday which stops directly on Main St. My thoughts only contain my child walking pass the "home" owned by a child predator. I have been nothing but pleased with my neighborhood, but this is ridiculous. The Trappe Borough has something to consider with the saftey and well being of its community over anything they must adress.
Jeff

Collegeville, PA

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#6
Sep 3, 2009
 
Local Citizen:
I agree with your view on that place: it is a dump and Trappe Borough needs to clean it up or close it down, by citing it for code violations or whatever else they can.

My attention now turns to you and your decision to buy/rent where you are. Why did you move there? Didn't you check out the neighborhood before you moved in? Those dumpy apts have been there long before your community was even built. I feel for you and your situation, but you really don't have anyone to blame but yourself. If I were you, I would mobilize a group of your development's residents and show up at the next Trappe Borough Council meeting and let your complaints be heard. There is an election coming up in November. Good luck.

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#7
Sep 4, 2009
 
Local, thanks for the reminder. There are now 3 registered sex offenders in Trappe. You can find a photo, description of car and arrest info here:

http://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us/

Put in 'Trappe Boro' under Municipality search and '19426' in zip code search if you want Collegeville included.

Knowledge is power.
Local Citizen

Phoenixville, PA

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#8
Sep 4, 2009
 
Jeff, I understand your thoughts on why I moved to my neighborhood in the first place. My neighborhood is an almost too strictly ran association community. We pay for high quality landscaping, snow removal, and overall look of our community weekly. It is hard to find a townhome community with such availabilty and size as this one. Therefore, it was a no brainer to move here when we were told new properties were being built has the complex was condemned. Now you understand my frustration. However I recently emailed the Borough Manager with this surprising response- Dear Sir or Madam,
 
Thank you for your e-mail.  Please know Trappe Borough is actively and continuously addressing conditions at this property that are in violation of Borough ordinances.  To date, the property owner has refused to comply with the Borough ordinances, including the residential rental inspection program adopted by Borough Council in December 2008.
 
The owner's refusal to comply with Borough ordinances has resulted in lawsuits being filed, and these lawsuits are now being heard in the Court of Common Pleas for Montgomery County.  One of these lawsuits is against me, personally, filed in direct response to my efforts to enforce Borough codes at this property.  That said, I strongly disagree with you when you are "disgusted with the consideration" paid by Borough staff to this situation.
 
As to the price point of the rental units, please know that municipalities can not ban, limit or otherwise restrict lower income housing units within their borders.  Federal and State law requires municipalities to allow for all housing stock types - low-income units to million dollar homes.  Not doing so is a clear violation of Federal fair housing laws.
 
This is the first I am hearing of a possible sex offender living in this complex.  As you may know, the Borough has an ordinance that restricts where convicted registered sex offeders are permitted to reside, pursuant to Federal and State law (i.e., within so many feet from a park, school, etc.).  I will follow-up on this matter when I return to the office on Monday (yes, I'm working on Labor Day).  But I'd very much approciate your sending me all the information you have on this person... name, apartment number, etc.
 
Thank you again for your e-mail.
 
Tommy Ryan.
Trappe Borough Manager.
 
 
This has shown me why they are still in existence and further communication with the Borough by many will lead to it's destruction.
Jeff

Collegeville, PA

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#9
Sep 4, 2009
 
Local Citizen:

Glad to hear that you contacted Trappe Borough with your concerns and comments. Good to see that you got a response back, which apparently sounds like they are working on it.

I would still organize some of your neighbors and show up at the next Borough Council meeting. I would let the Council know that you are angry at the situation and keep the topic on their minds. With the upcoming elections in November, I'm sure some of them (those up for re-election) will be glad to push for a just settlement of the situation.

This situation is a good example of why Trappe needs its own police department instead of relying on the State Troopers. Registered sex offenders are mandated to register with the local police upon their moving to a new place and also every so many years. If Trappe had their own police department, then maybe they would be more on top of the sex offenders in the borough, instead of relying on the Troopers to properly monitor it. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for, and Trappe is getting poor police services from the Troopers, and I guess it is to be expected because Trappe doesn't pay anything for the service. One of the main reasons I bought a house in Collegeville Borough- we have our own police department and they do a great job and actually show up within minutes of being called.

Good luck Local Citizen.
Local Citizen

Phoenixville, PA

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Sep 4, 2009
 
Your welcome. I am divorced, my husband lives in collegeville in a 1.5 million dollar home. He knows the area and the police department through work and assures me that you are correct in that we need our own department.
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#11
Sep 9, 2009
 
They need to be gone! They are now renovating the burned down ones!! C'mon!!! When I pull into Collegewoods after working all day, the first thing I see is sooped up lawnmowers in the grass! I think they drag race them at night time over there at the apartments. When I walk by there I am affraid for my life as they stand in huttled circles trying to rap. Kids play in the parking lot all night.. Dont believe me? Walk by there at 1am. Screaming kids!! They keep me up all night & I live a block away. If ther village owner would sell he would probably mak money because a developer would probably like to have that property. It suks. Its depressing that I moved here near them. I wish I would have known. Its lowering our property values. I think I am going to start arming myself in fear that the "villagers" may one day turn on us
Trapper

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#12
Sep 10, 2009
 
I heard they are puting a appliance repair sign at the vllage aparments, is this true? I though it was a joke but I saw washers & dryers there so I guess it is true. I heard they are putting it below the Pine Woods sign at the entry way.
Alex

Collegeville, PA

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#13
Sep 10, 2009
 
Don't know if that is better or worse than what is there now. Well, I guess better- at least at night. Also, don't know if it is allowed, per the land's zoning.
Anonymous

Collegeville, PA

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#14
Oct 12, 2009
 
Yea, I mean why don't we just kill all of the people that are living there now since they're lower class, it's not like they need a place to live or anything. I bet that every person residing in that complex uses and sells drugs to your kids every day, because there is no way that any of them are decent citizens that just never got the opportunities that any of you got.
concerned trappe resident

Collegeville, PA

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Nov 18, 2009
 

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Dear local citizen,

I am appalled at the situation you describe. As a long time resident of New York City, I am familiar with the problems associated with allowing poor people to live in upscale areas. I wrote to offer an alternate solution which I employed back in Manhattan with marked success for years. All you need is large-size havahart vermin trap which may be purchased from your local hardware store. Obtain a small amount of crack cocaine and spread it on the bait plate of the trap. Leave it in the parking lot overnight, and by morning you'll have a cage full of raging crackheads and underclass deviants. Simply drive them to the nearest urban slum (I recommend Norristown) and return them to their natural environment.

Cheers

Reginald
Survivor

Phoenixville, PA

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#17
Jan 6, 2010
 
I used to live there. For some reason, my mother insisted on renting there. I think she liked it, for some unknown reason. As soon as I had the resources to get out, I did. It's horrible there. To say that it's trashy is an understatement, and i don't even have to mention the kind of people that live there. We've lived in 5 different apartments and 2 of the town homes. There was mold in almost every apartment, black, sticky, toxic mold. It made us sick, as soon as I moved out of there I stopped getting upper respiratory problems and could breathe again! There were MUSHROOMS GROWING OUT OF THE CARPET, I swear I'm not making this up. The roof collapsed in one of the other apartments, and when the tenet who lived there threatened to call the media to bring attention to the conditions, the landlord threatened to sue her for "slander" and evict her. When we complained about the mold, the landlord just moved us into a new apartment and put a fresh coat of paint over the exisitng mold and re-listed it. Nothing is done to fix any repairs or dangerous conditions. He just fixes the outward appearance to make it appear livable and rents them. Everyone in the place sells drugs, I could walk door to door and buy anything, I swear. There was a string of burglaries while i lived there. It needs to be condemned.. I can't stress enough how important it is to band together for your community and speak to the Borough about this and either get them fixed, which will never happen as long as the owner is the one in charge of it, or shut down, and demolished. It's an embarrassment and an eyesore.
Val

Philadelphia, PA

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#18
Jan 6, 2010
 
I have a couple of things to say.

Though Im sure there are many bad tenants in this particualr complex I have to say that there are probably as many normal upstanding citizens living there bc that is all they can afford. Affordable housing is extremely hard to come by around here. I know bc I looked for my mom who is 53 years old. She was left in the unfortunate situation of my dad leaving her once we all graduated high school. She was an awesome stay at home mom(a cooperative decision) He took all the money and left her with a mortgage and no marketable job skills. So she is working 60-80 hours a week at a job that pays minimal and can only afford $650 a month rent and that is stretching it. So though we frown upon these types of developments and the landlords should be ashamed of themselves just know that if it wasnt for these low rent places some of our parents would be homeless.
And bf anyone asks I have offered her to live with me, she wont and makes to much for public assistance even though she would never take it. She believes in actually working.
Paula

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Jan 23, 2010
 
Local Citizen wrote:
I currently reside in the association ran townhome community located adjacent to the Pine Woods apartments. Our neighborhood is a children filled, buisness, middle class environment. Why we are placed near such a community as Pine Woods I do not know. Or should I say, why are they placed in such a community of Trappe, Pennsylvania. I am disgusted beyond words with the council of Trappe Borough. This complex should have been condemned years ago. I have recently been informed a registered child predator has moved into this location. The children of my neighborhood are forced to walk to their bus everyday which stops directly on Main St. My thoughts only contain my child walking pass the "home" owned by a child predator. I have been nothing but pleased with my neighborhood, but this is ridiculous. The Trappe Borough has something to consider with the saftey and well being of its community over anything they must adress.
Guess who didn't do their homework when they bought their cutsie townhouse! A home is MORE than the HOUSE.
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#20
Feb 20, 2010
 
Recalled this listing on the Collegeville/Trappe Topix board, so we decided to take a very brief ride thru Pine Woods, the former Trappe Village Apartments complex today. Horrifying is the only way to adequately describe the place. Truly Amazed that Trappe Boro Council has not condemned the entire complex. Building walls are literally falling down. A middle aged white guy in a black and white brightly printed hoodie was clearly delivering drugs to two white teenage girls who came outside to meet him. This was near the back end of the complex on the right side. Beat up cars were everywhere. The place is just awful and should have been razed with a bulldozer years ago. The folks in the condo neighborhoods to the right and left of Pine Woods/Trappe Village must live in constant fear of crime AND falling property values of their homes. Trappe needs a local police force now more than ever. Residents should not have to rely on the state police to respond to any and all reports of crime and disturbances. Trappe Council - PLEASE get a clue and get rid of Pine Woods/Trappe Village Apartments once and for all.
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#21
Feb 22, 2010
 
I can't believe that place is still there. I love when the trash from over there blows all over. Someone built homes that literally have views of the Village. What was that developer thinking?? I recently ordered black bars for my basement and first floor windows because as soon as it starts getting warm it's going to be scary. I wonder when the lawn mowers are going to get going again? They are burried in the snow right now.

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