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GLENWOOD LANDLORD ARRESTED AS CITY REMOVES VEHICLES

At approximately 1 p.m. on Friday, Greensboro Police arrested Glenwood resident Bulent Bediz and charged him with assault on a government official as well as resisting arrest.

The arrest took place on Lexington Avenue when city officials, armed with orders from a Superior Court judge, went to 808 Lexington Ave. to tow more than 20 vehicles Bediz owned. Court documents and inspection records show Greensboro officials deemed Bediz guilty of multiple land use ordinances.

Police said that Bediz had been warned not to try and drive away in any of the vehicles that had an expired registration tag, and when he attempted to do so an officer ordered him out of the car. The officer claimed that Bediz resisted arrest as he was being cuffed. The officer stated that Bediz pulled away and kicked at him.

Bediz claimed Friday that he did not kick the officer, but admitted to resisting the handcuffs. He said that he had a warning giving him until Feb. 1 to get the registration updated on his personal vehicle, and that when the officer ordered him not to drive away, he demanded to call his attorney.

“He wouldn’t let me call my attorney and I resisted,” Bediz said. “Then he grabbed me and tossed me around and put the cuffs on. He claims that I kicked him, but it’s just a bunch of lies.”

Bediz had stored up to 55 unlicensed vehicles at his Lexington Avenue location since 2011. The vehicles caused Bediz to be cited dozens of times for having the vehicles on his property. However, he was able to continue to keep his vehicles because of multiple extensions and a very lenient junked motor vehicle ordinance.

The city of Greensboro allows residents to have as many cars as they would like on their property as long as they can be self-propelled forward and backward. Since 2011, inspectors have cited Bediz with violations about his cars and every time he has managed to keep most of them.

In June of 2012, the News and Record reported that the city was poised to remove over 46 of Bediz’s vehicles from his Lexington Avenue properties. In the end, Bediz was given an extension and was able to keep cars.

In May 2014, WFMY also did a story about Bediz and his cars. During the WFMY interview, Bediz reported that he lived at the location and was trying to sell the vehicles. That statement led City Officials to seek zoning charges against Bediz for being in violation of operating a home based automotive business on a non-permitted land use. The non-permitted land use case began on May 28, 2014.

On June 23, 2014, Bediz’s case was heard before Greensboro’s Board of Adjustments and the zoning officer’s decision was upheld. Bediz then appealed the decision of the Board of Adjustments to the Superior Court of Guilford County.

On November 17, 2014, Judge Patrice Hinnant heard Bediz’s case and she ruled in favor of the inspectors’ decision and ordered Bediz to remove all unlicensed vehicles from nearly a dozen different addresses on Lexington Avenue. Bediz was given until December 31 to have all of the cars removed.

Judge Hinnant further ruled that Bediz could not move or store any of the unlicensed vehicles in any location within a residentially zoned area in the City of Greensboro.

During a June 2014 Greensboro Board of Adjustment Meeting, Bediz claimed he bought the cars because he had a business plan and was partnering with UNCG. Bediz claimed that UNCG had proposed that he could open a used car lot in the Glenwood neighborhood and UNCG would obtain the lot for him to do so. Bediz further claimed that he got stuck with all the cars when UNCG decided to back out of the deal.

In addition to UNCG backing out of what Bediz believes was a “contract,” he reported his bankruptcy was also a reason he was unable to do anything with the 100 cars he purchased. Bediz allegedly wanted to sell the cars and use the profits to begin renovating some houses in Glenwood. At press time, UNCG had not confirmed or denied a contract Bediz has been at odds with the city for over a decade and has been cited by Greensboro’s Local Ordinance officers dozens of times for housing and nuisance code violations. He owns at least 10 houses in the Glenwood neighborhood and many of them have been in disrepair for years.

The Housing Commission previously ordered six of Bediz’s Glenwood properties to be demolished due to disrepair and Bediz’s inability to get them up to code. Three more of Bediz’s properties are on the Housing Com- missions Jan. 13 agenda and could be headed for demolition as well. !

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