WILKES-BARRE — Sherman Hills Realty LLC submitted a 150-page improvement plan that has not yet been publicly released to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright’s office said Thursday.
Cartwright’s office, like The Times Leader, requested an expedited copy of the plan to address problems at the sprawling housing project through the Freedom of Information Act.
Sherman Hills Realty submitted its plan on Monday in response to a Managerial and Operational Review that classified its management and operations of the troubled Sherman Hills Apartment Complex as “unsatisfactory.” HUD provides rental assistance to 340 households at Sherman Hills, which has been the scene of many violent crimes and incidents involving drugs in recent years.
HUD inspectors visited the apartment complex off Coal and North Sherman streets on Sept. 16 and 17, and found inoperable and unplugged surveillance cameras, broken doors and windows, insufficient exterior lighting and financial mismanagement.
The inspection came after two girls were shot in August. They survived.
A task force to address issues within the apartment complex is scheduled to meet for the first time on Dec. 16. The meeting is not open to the public.
Cartwright, D-Moosic, invited officials from Park Management to the task force meeting by sending a letter dated Thursday.
The letter is addressed to Joel Gluck, Park Management Inc., 199 Lee Ave., Suite 309, Brooklyn, N.Y., and copied to Yosef Brinkman, Sherman Hills Realty, 571 E. New York Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Gluck and Brinkman could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
A LexisNexis search for Park Management and its address resulted in Shipping and Communications at 199 Lee Ave., N.Y. A woman who answered the phone Thursday at the business said there was no one named Gluck available.
A similar search for Sherman Hills Realty led to a six-story residential apartment building.
Cartwright stated he is hoping the task force will receive the remediation plan by Dec. 16.
“I know I speak for the entire task force when I say all of us are very anxious to examine this remediation plan,” Cartwright stated.
“Since September, we have been working diligently to find community and legislative solutions to address the chronic violence occurring at Sherman Hills,” stated state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, in a news release. Yudichak is one of several elected officials on the task force. “I am encouraged by the timely submission of the remediation report and our task force is looking forward to meeting with both HUD and Sherman Hills management to review the submitted report.”