Pinewood redesign goes on Some at complex for seniors seek to halt wall changes

November 14, 1993|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

A hearing on an injunction to halt remodeling work at the Pinewood Gardens public housing complex in Glen Burnie was postponed Friday, enabling contractors to continue ripping out walls and redesigning the efficiency apartment units.

Tenants opposed to the work had sought an emergency injunction early last week to bar work on the subsidized apartments for the elderly until a judge could rule on their request. The emergency injunction was granted, but only if a $10,000 bond was posted.

The tenants -- four women have brought a class-action suit on behalf on the 96 affected tenants -- maintain that if they had $10,000 in liquid assets, they would not be living in federally subsidized housing.

The number of efficiency units already remodeled has reached 26, Darrell Henry, attorney for the Anne Arundel County Housing Authority, said Friday.

That is nearly double the 14 units completed by Tuesday, when the housing authority indicated it could complete four apartments a day.

Because the tenants amended their original complaint, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Martin A. Wolff ruled Friday, the Housing Authority is being given more time to review the issues.

Either side can seek a new date for an injunction hearing.

Neither side would comment Friday.

The changes consisted of a half-page addition citing more of the legal basis for the residents' complaints.

Tenants of the Glen Burnie garden apartments brought suit earlier this month, saying they were not told or given opportunities to comment on the renovations the Housing Authority planned and started last month.

The Housing Authority is taking down the wall separating the apartments' kitchen from their living areas and erecting a wall to split the living-sleeping area into a living room and bedroom.

The efficiency units are about 16 feet by 24 feet.

But many of the tenants say they like the kitchen wall because it partitions the work space from living areas.

And they say that they do not want the new wall because their furniture will not fit anymore.

The Housing Authority, which says this is part of a plan to modernize apartments that are nearly 20 years old, has offered a compromise on the new wall, but not on tearing down the kitchen wall.

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