Magnolia Park Apartments
The Magnolia Park Apartments (originally Willow Bend Apartments) was a 431-unit apartment complex adjoining Homewood Middle School on 25 acres at 1119 Willow Run Road, just off of Valley Avenue in Homewood. It was managed by the Engel Realty Company.
Amenities at the complex included lighted tennis courts, a swimming pool, a fitness center, day care facilities, and planned social activities. The property was completely renovated, inside and out, by the Landmark Properties Trust, the complex's Florida-based owners. Shortly afterward it and Landmark's other Birmingham properties were acquired by the Collins Group of Brooklyn, New York. That company ran into financial turmoil, causing its German lenders to request receivership for the properties.
The complex was razed by the Board of Education beginning in September 2012.
- Cooper, Lauren B. (November 3, 2008) "N.Y. landlord in legal battle over local apartment portfolio." Birmingham Business Journal
- Cooper, Lauren B. (December 10, 2010) "Homewood BOE plans to bid on Valley Avenue apartments." Birmingham Business Journal
- Gray, Jeremy (June 9, 2011) "Massive fire destroys abandoned Magnolia Park apartment building in Homewood." The Birmingham News
- Britzius, Brianne (September 25, 2012) "Apartments demolished for new Homewood BOE office." WBRC Fox6