Hillside Circle Apartments

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Hillside Circle Apartments was a 67-unit apartment complex made up of 15 one-story buildings on Hillside Circle, off Valley Avenue in Homewood. It abutted the Jefferson County Board of Education main office and Rosedale.

The complex was built around 1950, two years after the nearby Valley View Apartments.

Over the decades, the complex fell into disrepair and became a minor crime haven. On November 11, 1999, a drug raid on one of the apartments by the Homewood Police Department found seven ounces of cocaine, 35 pounds of marijuana, and a sack of crack, worth an estimated total of $50,000. In March 2009, a resident was arrested after he had several pounds of marijuana delivered to him via a local courier service.

In May 2005, a developer paid $3 million for the complex. In late 2008, Florida-based developer Landology began making plans to redevelop the property as condominiums. At the time, it was said it would be two years before development began and residents would get a one-year notice before the apartments are razed. In the interim, the developer promised to make drainage improvements and repairs to the property. In 2011, Landology and partner Dobbins Group won approval for the redevelopment from both the Homewood Planning Commission and the Homewood City Council. The joint venture originally expected to begin work on the project in spring 2012, but it was delayed.

In September 2012, it was announced that the newly named Moretti at Vulcan Park Apartments would begin construction in October and be completed in about one year. The project, now called simply The Moretti, was actually completed in May 2014 with it already 76% leased. Hillside Circle was also renamed Moretti Circle as part of the redevelopment.