Late last week the Annapolis City Council made "Good Trouble," according the third ward's Rhonad Pindell Charles. She sat in on the city's housing committee to hear from the management teams of two multi-family communities, Admiral Oaks and Woodside Gardens. For years residents have complained about mold, poor upkeep of property and lack of communications with management.
The Capital reports that during testimony by representatives of the two different outside management firms citizens found it easier to contact City Hall then to register complaints to those who work on the properties. In August, the city condemned four units at Admiral Oaks, posting “Unfit for human occupancy” placards on the doors. Violations noted microbial growth throughout the apartments, as well as other issues. This month, two units failed a follow-up inspection, prompting a code enforcement officer to issue eight $200 fines.
The next meeting where problems in the two communities are to be discussed has been scheduled for Nov. 17, and both management firms, Enterprise and Fairstead, have been asked to submit a plan for physical and communication improvements at their communities before the committee meets again.