MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – The Montgomery City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to reinstate Ravenwood Apartments’ business license.
Council voted unanimously to revoke Ravenwood’s business license in January following multiple complaints from tenants about safety and security.
District 6 Councilor Oronde Mitchell has been working with landlords and property managers for months to help bolster security. He encouraged the resort to implement a 30-day action plan, which included but was not limited to bringing in a certified security company, installing surveillance cameras, better lighting and a curfew.
A show cause hearing was held in early January where the resort’s managers were asked to appear before the council and outline the type of security improvements that had been made over the 30 days. Despite efforts to defend their company with the board, Mitchell said the changes were not being made quickly enough.
Philip Balderston, founder and CEO of Odin Properties, came before the board on Tuesday to explain why updates to strengthen security had been delayed.
Balderston said that immediately after purchasing the property, they applied for a business license and installed a “comprehensive camera system to cover the site and improve security”.
He said COVID-19 had delayed installation of the camera system until recently, despite it being ordered and paid for more than five months ago.
Balderston assured the council that gates would soon be installed and further work was underway to make the property as safe as possible.
“We pay our property taxes on time and treat our residents with respect. Ravenwood is no exception,” Balderston said.
“I walked the entire site earlier today and can confidently say that we have taken the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our residents, that the apartments are all in good working order and that we do not ‘have no unresolved resident issues that I know of,’ he said.
Mitchell said Balderston had been cooperative in his requests to make changes to the apartment complex.
“Keep up the good work and good luck with your business,” Councilman Cornelius “CC” Calhoun said after the vote.
Odin Properties owns and manages over 10,000 apartments in 15 different states.
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