ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

March 23, 1993

Meeting set on condemned complex

Annapolis officials plan to meet tonight with residents of a dilapidated, low-income apartment complex that was condemned by the city last week.

The city has condemned Bay Ridge Gardens, a 198-unit complex in Eastport that has been neglected for years, but held off posting the notice.

Alderman Theresa DeGraff, a Ward 7 Republican, and other city representatives will meet at 6 p.m. with residents of Bay Ridge Gardens at Mount Moriah AME Church, across the street from the complex.

The city has asked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to free emergency money to start fixing faulty wiring and other safety hazards at the brick low-rise buildings off Bay Ridge Avenue.

Inspectors uncovered 600 violations, including faulty plumbing, corroded wiring and rusting metal stairs, this winter. The apartment buildings, built with low-interest federal loans in the early 1970s, need a complete overhaul estimated at $2.5 million.

"We're dealing with a situation where the people living in these apartments are in life-threatening danger," said Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins.

Russell Morgan, chief of the city Bureau of Inspections and Permits, has been trying to get the landlords to begin the renovations since December. He is scheduled to meet today with a new management group, Landex Corp. of Warwick, R.I., that has expressed interest in taking over the site.

Federal housing officials have arranged a meeting for tomorrow in Baltimore with members of the investment group that owns Bay Ridge Gardens and Shelter Properties Inc., the company that is currently managing the complex.

The investors want to sell the apartment complex by the end of the year.

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