UNC student apartments, California owner cited for violations – Greeley Tribune


GREELEY – A 232-unit apartment complex two blocks from the University of Northern Colorado campus has received several citations related to sanitation and fire safety, as well as fines for certain clean-up efforts, a city spokesperson said.

University Flats on 6th Avenue was cited three times from September 24 to October 1 by the Greeley Fire Department. The violations involve signage, stairwell doors, fire sprinklers and monitoring alarms, according to the quotes.

A fourth quote came from the city’s code compliance unit on October 7. She cited stagnant water, garbage accumulation and garbage cans.

Students living at University Flats in late September mentioned in a media report that green pool water, dog droppings, overflowing trash cans used to collect garbage, intermittent internet service, and water delivery to the resort were interrupted due to an unpaid invoice.

A New York Times article this month said the woes are not confined to a single property of the owner, a subsidiary of Nelson Partners in Orange County, California.

Becky Safarik, deputy city manager for community development, said some of the circumstances of the cited violations had been partially resolved and the complex was “under close surveillance”.

She said the units are currently habitable. “We respect the deadlines and expectations for [the owners] to complete all the necessary work, ”she told BizWest. “The city keeps them on a leash to comply. “

She said fire alarm monitoring is required 24 hours a day and noted algae in the pool, overflowing dumpsters and difficulty in contacting owners.

No representative attended a hearing into the fire service violations, which continued until next month, Safarik said via subsequent email. An administrative hearing into the code violations resulted in fines of $ 3,025 and “[they] will be charged for cleaning work.

UNC spokeswoman Deanna Herbert said students displaced from university apartments can stay in on-campus accommodation rent-free for 10 days while deciding where to go, whether it is a dormitory or various off-campus excavations.

“We (have) volunteers to help with the move,” she said, and “free advice and legal help” if needed.

University Flats is not affiliated with UNC.


Greeley Realty Investors LLC developed the project in 2014 at a cost of $ 10 million. The LLC was affiliated with Central Street Capital Inc. in Denver. Central Street founder Rob Salazar has also, through the Salazar Family Foundation, donated to UNC.

The first phase opened with 92 units. Students praised its walk-in closets, granite countertops, hardwood floors, washer-dryer facilities in each bedroom, one bathroom per bedroom, and soundproof walls.

Nelson Partners affiliate Greeley Flats DST bought the property in 2018 for some $ 21 million, according to Weld County Assessor records. DST refers to a tax-efficient approach to the purchase of real estate. The buyer owned apartments in Boulder and Denver at the time.

Colorado Secretary of State’s records show several limited liability companies linked to Nelson companies in California or the University Flats address in Greeley. One is a delinquent; the others are in order. An address in Salt Lake City was also connected to it. Brothers Patrick and Brian Nelson have family ties there.

The brothers since about 2007 have started several businesses, including one focused on student housing, according to the New York Times. Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate LLC was # 129 on the Inc. 5,000 in 2017 with a growth of 3,111%. A press release from Nelson Brothers said he then purchased and managed more than $ 550 million in assets. Local business media also honored the company.

The brothers split their business interests in 2018, the Times said.

Safarik said the owners of University Flats “weren’t particularly responsive.”

Appeals to Patrick Nelson and VP of Development Bob Perdue were not immediately returned.

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