Landlord on mission to clean up community


Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was shot in the face at an apartment in Greenspoint. That shooting was a domestic disturbance. The landlord has told the family they needed leave, and that's typical of the landlord who's on a mission to take back the neighborhood.

"When I moved out here, I heard it was 'Gunspoint,'" resident Jenny Fouteaux said.

Fouteaux has lived at the Biscayne Apartments for three years, and everyday she's lived in fear until last year, when Steve Moore and some investors purchased the apartments and several other complexes in the area.

"He's pretty bold," Fouteaux said. "He's very bold. He do things I wouldn't do around here."

"This was probably one of the worst properties in the neighborhood," Moore said.

Moore's mission was greater than just turning a profit. He wanted rid the neighborhood of drug dealers and criminals, and create a safe place for people to live and kids to play.

"I got a death threat, 'cause I figured out who was dealing drugs and gave them an eviction notice," Moore said.

He's so committed that this millionaire moved in so he could see first hand what needed to be changed and who needed to go. He's evicted dozens of people.

Extreme changes meant taking extreme measures. There's 24 hour security. Moore also put in place new policies a 10pm curfew and a strict dress code that includes a no sagging or skimpy clothing.

"If you're not bold and direct, you will be taken advantage of, you will not get your point across. You will have riftraft running all over your property," one resident told us.

Yet his challenge is still domestic voilence. On Saturday, a teen was shot in the face with his brother's gun at another complex Moore owns. It's something Moore says will be more difficult to battle.

Moore has made millions of dollars in upgrades, especially to the lighting out here. He says despite the death threats, he won't stop until the criminals get the message.

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