Charles P. Marks Village is a public housing project operated by the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District (HABD) located at 7527 66th Street South on the former site of the Alabama Rolling Mills in the Gate City neighborhood of the East Lake community. It is named for real estate executive and HABD board member Charles Pollard Marks.
The project was constructed in 1951-52 under the auspices of the United States Housing Act of 1949. Marks Village was built for white families while the concurrent Loveman Village in Titusville was developed for African Americans. Marks Village opened in May 1952 and currently has about 500 units. It is managed by Windham Summerville. Cassidy Moore is president of the Marks Village Residents' Council.
Early on December 17, 2013 a gas explosion destroyed one of the buildings in the complex, with one fatality and 11 others injured. Alagasco replaced many service pipes in the vicinity following the blast. In June 2014 the HABD board approved a $23,000 contract with Aho Architects to design a replacement for the two damaged apartments. Steel City Services was hired to manage the reconstruction project.
In March 2017 HABD director Marcus Lundy announced plans to close off all but a few of the street entrances into the complex as part of a multi-part plan to reduce violent crime. Other new policies include maintaining a list of approved visitors and adding a public safety director to coordinate with neighborhood residents serving as a community watch. A map of the proposal also included references to a new community center and gymnasium and demolition of the apartment units on either side of Joppa Avenue, to be replaced with single-family cottages.
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