A South Dallas apartment owner who blew sarcastic kisses at angry tenants on his way out of a courtroom this week has been replaced by a receiver appointed to oversee the complex by a Dallas County judge. It’s unclear what that means for residents beleaguered by code violations, health concerns and high crime.
Late Thursday evening, Dallas County Judge Dale Tillery appointed a Dallas businessman to run and repair a treacherous South Dallas apartment complex at the center of a 2-year-old lawsuit filed by the city of Dallas. That means, if nothing else, that for the next 360 days, the 14-unit complex at 3006 Holmes St. off Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be out of the hands of Jaymeson Joseph Haynes, the 35-year-old owner accused of threatening tenants and ignoring legal orders that required him to repair and secure a dangerous building by the end of April.
A burned-out Toyota 4Runner sat in the parking lot at 3006 Holmes St. days after someone set it ablaze.
Tillery appointed as receiver Albert Black III — better known as Tre, son of well-known Dallas entrepreneur Albert Black Jr.
According to the judge’s order, Black will be tasked with taking control of the property, collecting rents and making any repairs necessary “to bring the property into compliance with the minimum standards” spelled out in the city code.
The order says Black is to be paid $250 an hour every 90 days. That money that will come out of rent he collects from tenants, who pay around $800 a month to live in a complex where drug dealers and dope-seekers urinate and defecate next to broken mailboxes, toilets flush wastewater into bathtubs and apartments are missing such essentials as smoke detectors, stoves, refrigerators and light fixtures.
He’s also supposed to use that same rent money to make much-needed repairs. If his receipts total more than $10,000, he is supposed to submit receipts to the city and Haynes and seek Tillery’s approval.
When reached by phone Friday afternoon at the offices of On-Target Supplies & Logistics, Ltd., the company founded by his father, Tre Black said he “just found out” about the judge’s order. He also added, via email, that since he was just appointed, “I do not have any comment on the case at the time.”
Black said he didn’t know why he’d been appointed as the receiver. But according to legal documents filed in 2014 in an unrelated bankruptcy in which a federal judge appointed him receiver for a company to which he had no connection, Black said “it is common for court-appointed receivers to be drawn from a list or panel maintained by the state court.”
Melissa Miles, the city attorney who has been investigating Haynes and 3006 Holmes for more than three years and prosecuting its owner for more than two, said she could not comment.
Tenants at 3006 Holmes St. can’t get their mail because boxes are missing doors or are not locked.
According to a document dated May 1 and signed by Miles and Ray Galvan Jr., Haynes’ attorney, the apartment owner could have been fined up to $1,000 per day per violation, of which there are hundreds. Miles has said that at a hearing Wednesday that Tillery was supposed to determine the amount Haynes owned based on what he had — or, more appropriately, had not — done at 3006 Holmes.
But the judge did not punish the apartment owner. Instead, he has made the complex the responsibility of Tre Black, who, until Thursday evening, knew nothing about it.
That infuriates Dr. Terry Flowers, headmaster at St. Philip’s School and Community Center, who sat through almost a dozen hearings in the hopes of cleaning up a troubled property that, he says, has helped bring drugs, prostitution and violence into a neighborhood that’s all too familiar with being told it doesn’t deserve justice.
“All people need hope, and when you take away hope that is not in the best interest of civilization,” he said. “In this case, it’s penalizing us, not the apartment owner, so people will just throw up their hands and say, ‘Why bother? Why care? Why vote? Why invest?’ It’s a message not just for South Dallas, but all of Dallas. When you hurt people, you hurt people.”