Judge wants update on efforts to relocate Uplands tenants

January 17, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A federal judge asked yesterday that lawyers for the city and residents of the Uplands Apartments report back to her in a week on efforts to relocate the dozen or so remaining tenants at a mostly vacant, 979-unit Southwest Baltimore complex slated for demolition and redevelopment.

"It is inevitable that people have got to move out of those places," U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake said. "We would like it to happen in the best way possible."

The city, noting safety concerns in the deteriorating complex, had given residents until yesterday to move. Lawyers for the Legal Aid Bureau had asked for a temporary restraining order against the eviction notice and another 20 days for the residents to find new housing.

City Solicitor Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr. told the court that the city never intended to throw people into the street but said residents might have to accept an offer of temporary housing in a hotel because of the condition of the Upland Apartments.

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