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In Tempe, no record of disputes between professor, officials

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TEMPE – Glen A. Wilt owns at least 24 properties Maricopa County, with the vast majority of them in this East Valley city, according to Maricopa County Assessor’s records.

Unlike in the mining towns, most of Wilt’s Tempe properties are rentals and were occupied as of early November. Cronkite News Service was unable to locate a Tempe official with knowledge of Wilt’s property ownership and found no record of citations or other disputes with local authorities in courts.

Some of the Tempe buildings have signs for Collegetown Development Co., which Arizona Corporation Commission records show belongs to Wilt.

Three renters told Cronkite News that the properties they rent weren’t in as good a condition as others in the area but were priced affordably. None had met Wilt; each said he or she had dealt with an employee of his company.

“They are generally agreeable,” said Tydyn St. Clair, a former student who said he pays $650 a month for a two-bedroom apartment in one of Wilt’s properties with multiple units. “They don’t bother us; we don’t bother them.”

Christina Hunt, a reservation agent, said she rents a three-bedroom house from Collegetown Development Co. for $714 a month.

“That’s what made us get it,” she said. “It was kind of dirty and we were under the impression that they were going to clean it more than they did.”

Terry Cady, a bar doorman, said he and a roommate rent a two-bedroom unit in an apartment building owned by Collegetown Development Co. for $580 per month.

“We needed a place, and this was cheap and easy to get,” he said.