Chicago officials are shuttering a house in Logan Square where a 6-year-old girl was shot last week.
The house at 2108 North Bingham has long been the subject of constituent calls to Alderman Joe Moreno’s office.
In the last seven years she’s worked for Moreno, Rocio Varela said she’s listened to dozens of residents complain about constant gang activity at the house.
“They would just come in every now and then and have a big party,” she said. “Something would happen; a fight, yelling, screaming, shots fired, stuff like that.”
Varela says complaints were so frequent that Alderman Moreno personally visited the property to talk with the residents, to no avail.
But the shooting of 6-year old Jaylene Bermeo, wounded while playing in front of the house, was the last straw.
City building inspectors partnered with Moreno to use building code violations as a way to force the residents out and take the property owner to court.
A June 9 inspection revealed enough problems to warrant a vacate order, including exposed wiring and serious carbon monoxide concerns, according to a spokesperson for the city’s Department of Buildings.
In a hearing Thursday, the city and the property owner announced an agreement to keep the house closely monitored and off-limits to the previous residents.
A lawyer representing the building owner says his client intends to sell the house.
Emmanuel Dzotsi works the WBEZ news desk. Follow him @newsmanual.