11 Phillips Street, Amherst/UMass border
Since Stephan Gharabegian is the "King of the Decadent Street", owning almost half the hovels on Phillips Street, the slum capital of Amherst & UMass, I hereby dub (dripping in sarcasm) 11 Phillips Street his crown jewel.
Exhibit A: The most recent Board of Health investigation report that found 11 Phillips Street to be "in violation of the Minimum Standard of Fitness for Human Habitation."
11 Phillips St Health Dept report
Exhibit B: The most recent Amherst Fire Department investigation citation that found dangerous shortcomings in fire safety requirements and flagrantly ignoring an order to stop using a one-family dwelling (maximum of 4 unrelated tenants) as a boarding house with 13 tenants.
An overcrowded abode, lots of alcohol and defunct fire alarms is a sure fire formula for catastrophe.
11 Phillips St AFD Ticket
And clearly, a recent Worcester Housing Court decision reaffirms the ability of cities and towns to enforce unrelated tenant zoning restrictions. The town has known about the overcrowded conditions at 11 Philips since at least last June when the Health Department did their inspection.
Yet when Amherst police raided the address on October 30, to shut down an illegal basement bar, that busload of students still lived there. The town needs to get serious about overcrowded illegal living conditions. Before a tragedy occurs.