In June 2010, five months after Baymeadows Apartments was first hit with more than 1,500 code violations, everything from fallen shingles to interior mold, complex owners were given more time to fix the problems.
This week, it's apparent some of the violations remain.
Along with peeling paint we found a shattered patio door. The apartment is one of several gutted apartments in one of the buildings at Baymeadows; gutted perhaps in preparation for renovation.
Tenant Cedric Coleman, who pays $450 month for rent in the building, has a theory on how the glass broke. "They came through, cut the grass yesterday. I'm assuming maybe a rock flew up and hit it. It's been there two days now," he says. "It's cool. The maintenance and management teams pretty much respond quickly if you have any problems in your apartment."
During our visit to Baymeadows, an employee asked us to leave the property, so we couldn't get a good feel of how many exterior repairs had been made. Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee says very little has been done.
This week, the City of Ridgeland rejected the complex's renovation proposal. It may have been their last chance. "They have missed deadlines, they have not done what they said they were gonna do. I would suspect they would have to do a lot of work to come back to the board to get the board to approve a renovation plan," Mayor McGee says.
The issue might be addressed again at the Board of Aldermen's June 21 meeting, but the City seems prepared to begin proceedings to shut the complex down.
Baymeadows owners may have to go to court to get another extension.
Owners and managers of Baymeadows could not be reached for comment for this story.
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