R.I. firm submits plan to overhaul Bay Ridge Gardens ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY

April 28, 1993|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer

A dilapidated, low-income apartment complex in Annapolis that was condemned by the city last month would receive a $4.3 million face lift under a proposal by a Rhode Island company.

Landex Corp., a Warwick-based investment company, wants to buy and completely overhaul the brick complex off Bay Ridge Avenue.

In a detailed proposal to the Annapolis city government, the company outlined plans to install new roofs, furnaces and siding, as well as replace kitchen and bathroom fixtures in the 197-unit Bay Ridge Gardens.

The company is lining up federal and state financing to refurbish the complex, which has been neglected for years.

On March 19, Annapolis condemned the apartment complex and demanded that the landlords begin fixing some 600 housing code violations.

Housing inspectors discovered hundreds of problems, including loose plastic flapping in open windows, corroded electrical wiring, stuck fire doors and faulty plumbing during a two-month review last winter.

City officials said they're delighted by the proposal.

"I have good feelings about Landex Corp. getting involved in the job," said Russell Morgan, chief of the Bureau of Inspections and Permits.

"They appear to be very professional and aggressive. I think the end product will be comparable to the Admiral Oaks project."

In 1989, the city forced Boston Heights to close after a fire killed five children there.

City inspectors uncovered 758 housing violations at the 159-unit complex off Admiral Drive.

A nonprofit corporation carried out a $9.7 million rehabilitation program and reopened it as Admiral Oaks.

Landex Corp. hopes to purchase the property through a combination of state and federal loans and grants.

The company has applied for a low-interest loan from Loyola Federal Savings & Loan Association to be ensured by the Maryland Housing Fund, as well as money from state and federal housing agencies.

Electricians have already begun replacing faulty wiring with $200,000 provided by the investment group that owns the site and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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