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Apartment Renovations Continue Despite Demolition Order

Richard Moniak, co-owners of The Gardens at Cloverland, in front of the Montgomery City Council on Tuesday.  The Council voted to uphold the demolition of the complex. Richard Moniak, co-owners of The Gardens at Cloverland, in front of the Montgomery City Council on Tuesday. The Council voted to uphold the demolition of the complex.

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- It's something you never hear about at The Gardens at Cloverland apartment complex: workers desperately trying to get old apartments up to code--and fast.

Many residents have left, but others moved to renovated apartments in the complex last week. It's a far cry from the hundreds of units that stand in disrepair.

"I hope they'll be able to get it up to date because they're just trying to do what they've got to do. They're trying," said Tessa Youngblood, a tenant.

Is the construction, however, too little too late?  The Montgomery City Council voted to uphold their earlier decision to demolish the site.

It's something the owner says is unfair even after months of notices from inspectors.

"No matter what we do, it's like their minds are already made up before I even do anything," explained Rich Moniak, co-owner of the complex.

Property managers and residents alike say it's a frustrating task to clean up the place--especially with constant theft and vandalism at every turn.

"The faster they fix up things, people come around and tear it up," Youngblood said.

With copper theft in renovated units and other crimes around the complex, other current residents--living in buildings marked unsafe--say they've had enough.

"I looked at [the new apartments], and they were real nice, but [all of the other apartments] still look bad, and I'm still not pleased," explained tenant Ozie Bowman.

Currently, the apartment complex has nearly 70 residents.

The owners say they'll bring in their attorneys to keep the buildings standing.  They have 10 days to appeal to Circuit Court.  If they don't, the city will bring in demolition crews after that time.

 

Reporter: Cody Holyoke

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