Pepper Tree Apartments Receive Building Citation

A catwalk collapse on August 2 injured two people. Code enforcement issued an advisory to correct the problem the next day, but said another walkway had collapsed on the 12th.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Peppertree Apartments received a citation from the Memphis and Shelby County Building Code Office for failing to repair unsafe walkways that pose a threat to the safety of their tenants.

The city said the code enforcement first received reports of two collapsed walkways on Aug. 2 and Aug. 12, 2022.

Two people were taken to hospital after the Peppertree Apartments stairwell collapsed on August 2. The city said apartment management received notice to correct the issue the next day, the 3rd.

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After returning on August 15, they said they determined the apartments were non-compliant and issued the citation, which requires an appearance in environmental court.

The City of Memphis requires Peppertree to repair or replace all walkways, stairs, decks, porches and balconies. These repairs must be inspected by a structural engineer to ensure the quality of the repairs. Peppertree has been ordered to complete the bracing of all walkways as a temporary measure until all structural repairs are complete.

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There was also a fire at the Peppertree Apartments rental office on Wednesday morning caused by an electrical malfunction. Firefighters were called to the scene at the office around 5:55 a.m. They said they found flames coming through the roof. It took them about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

No one was injured in the fire. Total damage from the fire is estimated at approximately $100,000.

Another hearing is scheduled for August 22.

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Kevin A. Perras