City condemns Huntsville apartment building

Published: Jun. 9, 2014 at 9:29 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM CDT
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The condemned apartment building is located on Boxwood Drive off of University Drive.
The condemned apartment building is located on Boxwood Drive off of University Drive.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The City of Huntsville condemned an apartment building at a complex just off of University Drive Monday morning.

The building, which held 20 of the 66 total units at Continental Apartments, was condemned due to concern that the structure might collapse. The complex is located on the 1300 block of Boxwood Drive.

Inspectors were called to the complex to check out the building after a resident notified the fire department about water leaking near an electrical system.

According to the city, recent storms caused a portion of the roof to come off and water has been settling into the ceiling. The fear is that the building will collapse as more storms move through.

One man at the complex said the apartment building was his first home after leaving the rescue mission. Now, he said he has nowhere to go and may be forced to return.

The residents were forced out without any notice. However, they were allowed to go in and get their belongings. The city said they will work with police and non-profit organizations like shelters to find the residents somewhere to go. They also look to the owner for possible vacancies in other areas of the apartment complex, but have not been able to get in touch with them.

The head of Huntsville's Community Development Department said this is only the second time he has seen an apartment get condemned like this in the four years he has been with the city. He said the situation was just dangerous enough to warrant the condemnation of the building.

Huntsville Utilities came out earlier Monday to turn off the power in the building.

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