Birmingham city settles with apartment complex over public safety concerns

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – The Birmingham City Attorney’s Office has announced a settlement agreement with the owner of Monarch Ridge Apartments (formerly Valley Brook Apartments) over public safety concerns on the property. The Monarch Ridge Apartments are located at 2969 Gallant Drive in the Apple Valley district of Birmingham. The resort is owned by Steele Valley Brook, LLC.

Under the terms of the agreement, the property of Monarch Ridge Apartments:

  • Donate $ 15,000 to the City Neighborhood Revitalization Fund
  • Continue to maintain a vehicle license plate reader system and share data with the Birmingham Police Department
  • Work with the city to link an asset monitoring system to the Birmingham Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center
  • Hire a gate keeper and place the gate keeper at the entrance to the property from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily
  • Maintain current security contracts for security patrols comprised of Jefferson County MPs on leave
  • Provide a 90-day assessment with the city to determine if different security measures are needed

Complaints filed by the city will be rejected. The court will allow a period of one year to enforce the terms of the settlement.

“The City of Birmingham is very pleased with the settlement and our partnership with Steel Valley Brook LLC to improve the safety of residents of Monarch Ridge and the surrounding community,” said City Attorney Nicole King.

The city filed a lawsuit on June 4, 2021 asking the landlord to tackle the high number of violent crime and other illegal activity on the property.

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