Fence installed around controversial Montgomery apartment complex

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- With hundreds of yards of fencing, the Gardens at Cloverland look something like a ghost town.

Items and trinkets are still lying around the complex.  Residents--for the most part--are kicked out.

"I don't have anything but the clothes that I worked in," said Tessa Youngblood.

WSFA spoke with Youngblood back in May, when she moved into a renovated apartment.

Now, she's locked out and says the property manager never gave her proper notice to leave.

"He said he put notes on our doors.  I work every day.  He didn't give me no note," Youngblood said.

The fencing is part of an effort by the property owners to set things straight.

The city says a local construction company has been hired to fix the apartments.  That is, of course, if a judge doesn't order their demolition.  City leaders are skeptical.

"We begged them to bring [the buildings] up to city code, and they had plenty of opportunity to do so, and yet, did not do so," explained Martha Roby of the Montgomery City Council.

A proposal--soon to be introduced in court--shows plans to bring the buildings up to Federal code.

The city says they'll continue to push for demolition.