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Cherry Orchard resident finds relief in move

By Dave Hinton/Rantoul Press — Hermalinda Cruz moved out of her apartment Thursday afternoon.

That’s not a newsworthy event under most circumstances. But for Cruz, it took a bit of courage and came with a sense of relief as she exited unsafe and unsanitary surroundings.

Cruz and three of her children were among the residents living at Cherry Orchard apartment complex in rural Rantoul, in conditions that Julie Pryde, administrator of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, called “appalling.”

CU-CitizenAccess/file photo. Cherry Orchard apartments.
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Cherry Orchard residents find new temporary home

By Illinois Public Media News— Health officials are moving forward with a plan to transfer residents living in Rantoul’s Cherry Orchard apartments to new homes.

This is in response to health concerns that have marred the apartment complex for nearly two and a half years. Health inspectors learned in Sep. 2007 that there was something wrong with the Cherry Orchard apartments after discovering sewage seeping from a septic system into nearby farmland. Since then, there have been reports of mold, inadequate heating, and power outages.

The landlords of the property, Bernard Ramos and his father, Eduardo, promised that by late last year they would address the septic tank issue by moving tenants into housing units that were up to code.

Courtesy of the Champaign Public Health District/ An ariel map of Cherry Orchard, an apartment complex south of Rantoul.
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County public health case for Rantoul-area apartment violation set for trial

By Pam G. Dempsey —  A bench trial has been scheduled for Jan. 24 for a Champaign father-son landlord team who have not yet complied with an agreement they made with the Champaign County Public Health Department to vacate five buildings in an apartment complex south of Rantoul.

Bernard Ramos and his father Eduardo agreed in November to empty five of the eight buildings known as Cherry Orchard apartments by Dec. 20.

File photo/A car sits next to an apartment building at Cherry Orchard, an apartment complex south of Rantoul.
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Apartment buildings in Rantoul-area complex to close by Dec. 20

Pam G. Dempsey/CU-CitizenAccess â€”

A Champaign father-son landlord team has until Dec. 20 to vacate five apartment buildings at the Cherry Orchard apartment complex south of Rantoul under an agreement with the Champaign County Public Health Department.

Bernard Ramos and his father Eduardo agreed to the deadline in an ongoing three-year-old case the health department has brought against the two. 

Both the Ramoses and the health department came to a verbal agreement in November, and that agreement was followed up with a letter from the Champaign County state’s attorney’s office Nov. 29, said Jim Roberts, director of environmental health for the health department.

Bernard Ramos declined comment for this story.

Shelley Smithson/File photo/A car sits next to an apartment building at Cherry Orchard, an apartment complex south of Rantoul. Landlords Bernard Ramos and his father, Eduardo Ramos, have until Dec. 20 to close five buildings on the complex under an agreement with Champaign County.
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