Florio’s aim is to renovate and rent multifamily residential buildings, he said. He works in the city six days a week, out of an office on Rosa Parks Boulevard and Hamilton Avenue. But he has struggled to keep his properties secure, let alone clean or rentable.
“If you look at some of my properties on Governor Street, you would say, straight up, ‘You are a slumlord,’” Florio said.
He meant this figuratively — some of his houses appear to be in disrepair — mostly the result of break-ins from people seeking to steal valuable materials, like copper wiring and plumbing.
Some West Chester based landlords play a different game in Coatesville.
Coatesville is digging out of the hole that I think was partly created by the drug business in Chester County. Landlords that buy homes at auction, don't keep them up and pay off public officials are part of the drug business.
I think the Cokeville, I hope the Cokeville days are behind us.