Uptown Apartments

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The Uptown Apartments are an apartment complex located at 1517 19th Street North in the Druid Hills neighborhood of the Northside community. It is owned by Hubbard Properties.

The apartment complex has seen more than its share of violence in recent years:

On August 14, 2000 Marvin D. Green and his cousin Taryll Green were murdered, and girlfriend Kuelhquisha Ferguson was critically wounded during an invasion of unit 37 by two armed assailants who spared two young children.

On September 18, 2006, George Irving Amison, Jr was killed when a stray bullet was fired from an assault rifle outside the complex.

In the aftermath of that tragic incident, the city cited the complex with multiple health and safety violations resulting in the condemnation of four units. On October 30, 2006, Birmingham health and safety workers inspected the complex for the third time noting the owners had made significant improvements to the property. The improvements were sufficient enough to prevent the city from condemning the property and evicting all the current residents.

The apartments were the site of another homicide on June 12, 2007 when Nelson Rice was shot in the back and left for dead in the parking lot following an argument. A June 22, 2010 shootout at the apartments left one victim with minor injuries.

A small fire at the complex on March 19, 2013 was successfully extinguished with minimal damage. A suspected arson on Christmas Eve of the same year resulted in severe damage to 8-10 units and the displacement of up to 40 residents. A suspect, believed to have been targeting a female acquaintance who was not at home, was taken into custody.

References

  • Bryant, Joseph D. (October 17, 2006) "Uptown Apartments get 10 more days to shape up." The Birmingham News
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (October 31, 2006) "Druid Hills apartment inspection shows progress." The Birmingham News
  • Robinson, Carol (June 13, 2007) "Druid Hills area again scene of fatality." The Birmingham News
  • Robinson, Carol (August 15, 2000) "Police investigate spate of deaths, including killings." The Birmingham News
  • Gray, Jeremy (June 22, 2010) "One injured, one arrested in north Birmingham shooting." The Birmingham News
  • Reed, Jon (December 24, 2013) "1 suspect in custody in connection with apartment fire north of downtown Birmingham." The Birmingham News