Developer agrees to fence in troubled apartment complex County endorsement of loan hinges on move

April 05, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

As a condition for Baltimore County Council endorsement of a state loan, the developers planning to overhaul a deteriorating Randallstown apartment complex were required to agree to install a security gate for tenant safety.

Council Chairman Kevin Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Randallstown Democrat, attached the condition to a resolution of support needed for the project at the Savoy East Apartments on Albess Court. Area residents and police have complained of drug dealing and other criminal activity there and at the adjacent Liberty Crossing Apartments, he said.

"Because the complex is not fenced in, when police arrive to investigate, [suspects] can scatter away easily," Mr. Kamenetz said. "My position is to look for strategies that will make the residents safer."

The Savoy East Apartments Limited Partnership -- whose resolution was approved by the council Monday -- is seeking a $300,000 bank loan and more than $2 million from the state to renovate the four-building, 66-unit complex.

Donald Tucker, vice president of AHD Inc., a partnership participant, said the company will spend about $50,000 to meet the conditions of the resolution, which include the installation of fencing and a card-access system.

"It's a requirement the county has made for their support and we are willing to go along with it," said Mr. Tucker, who added that the loan has not yet been approved. "An on-site manager will also be hired to oversee the development."

Mr. Kamenetz said developers also have promised to construct a play area for children and make the fence decorative so residents don't feel like they are "jailed in." The state requires a resolution of support from the council to process the loan, but no county money is involved, he said.

Ella White Campbell, president of the Stevenswood Improvement Association, which represents a community of homes near the apartments, said the complex has attracted people who wander through the neighborhood and leave behind used drug paraphernalia.

"Our big problem is the intrusion, because all day long people are coming through the community," Ms. Campbell said. "Drug paraphernalia is being dropped in the stream and on the streets."

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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