Montevallo Gardens Apartments

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The Montevallo Gardens Apartments is a 214-unit apartment complex located at on the 200 and 300 blocks of 3rd Avenue Southwest in North Titusville just south of Loveman Village and east of Elmwood Cemetery (map).

Radio personality Shelley Stewart lived at the complex briefly in 1970 when he returned to WENN-AM. The manager gave him a discount on the application fee and allowed him to use a maintenance truck to get to work, expecting that his celebrity would help him fill vacant units.

The then-empty complex was sold for $2.25 million in the Spring of 2009. The new owners inherited a long list of repair requests and other complaints and have performed roof repairs, some renovations, and extensive sewer repairs. After continued complaints from residents, city inspectors investigated while council president Carole Smitherman and others organized for applications for Section 8 housing to be made available to residents at a workshop at the Titusville Library.

Fires broke out at the complex on June 26, 2007, April 28 and April 29, 2008, and February 25 and September 30, 2009. A man was found shot to death in the parking lot in April 2011.

References

  • Stewart, Shelley and Nathan Hale Turner (2002) The Road South: A Memoir. New York, New York: Warner Books. ISBN 0446530271
  • Ruisi, Anne (May 25, 2009) "Birmingham, Alabama inspectors to check apartment complex in North Titusville." Birmingham News
  • Jasen, Ana (June 9, 2009) "Montevallo Gardens Tenants Sign Up for Section 8." ABC 33/40
  • Stock, Erin (October 1, 2009) "Fire damages 16 apartment units in Titusville community." Birmingham News