A saga involving an alleged slumlord may be coming to an end in Bristol.
After nearly a year of exposing deplorable conditions inside properties owned by Anthony Cammariere, it appears the fines and arrests may be taking their toll.
Eyewitness News exclusively learned that several of Cammariere's properties are now up for sale which may signal a possible shift out of Bristol.
Cammariere spoke after yet another court appearance.
“I'm not looking forward to move, run, hide or anything,” he said.
Cammariere vowed that he's staying in Bristol.
Property listings, however, tell a different story. Four of them, ones on Summer, Main, Park and Ingraham streets, were listed two weeks ago.
“If the price is right, everything is for sale,” Cammariere said. “If not, I'm not in the mode to desperately sell.”
Sources tell Eyewitness News that it reeks of desperation. They said an extensive collection of more than a dozen properties are up for sale and being shopping around privately to local real estate investors.
Many of the buildings are already under the watchful eye of Bristol's Code Enforcement Department.
“Two of the three properties I know of have numerous code violations,” said Mayor Ken Cockayne. “They've been ticketed, they've been given warnings.”
The apparent urge to unload the properties could be the direct result of the barrage of code violations and fines racked up on properties to which Cammariere is tied.
Since last year, Eyewitness News reported about several that had to be condemned because the conditions were so unsafe. Dozens of rent-paying tenants were suddenly left with nowhere to go.
“What it shows me is that the people who we don't want in town are getting the point that if you are not going to invest in the properties you own, pack up and move out of Bristol, because you're not wanted,” Cockayne said.
City officials said violations on the buildings themselves won't go away just because of a change in ownership. They said any issues will need to be fixed.
As for Cammariere, he's due back in court on Aug. 20. Police said they expect to file more charges.
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