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Federal housing officials and the current and prospective owners of Bay Ridge Gardens apartments have agreed to develop a comprehensive study for the renovation of the recently condemned complex in Annapolis.

Angelo Munafo, of Cam Construction Co. in Timonium, and John Pica Sr., the father of state Sen. John A. Pica Jr., of Baltimore, the current owners, met in the morning with U.S. Housing and Urban Development officials. Principals from Landex Corp. and the Community Preservation Development Corp., two companies interested in buying the apartment complex, also attended the meeting.

"I think the results are very positive," said Russell Morgan, chief of the city Bureau of Inspections and Permits. "Next week, the architects and engineers are going to start working on a plan to find out what's wrong with Bay Ridge Gardens, what needs to be fixed. They're going to establish a time-line and prioritize what needs to be done."

The report is to be completed by April 26.

City officials condemned Bay Ridge Gardens last week after housing inspectors uncovered 600 violations and the landlord failed to respond adequately with a program to repair the 198-unit complex at Bay Ridge Avenue and Forest Drive.

Residents have been complaining for years about faulty and loose electrical wiring, doors that won't lock, holes in the walls, leaking roofs and flooded basement apartments.

HUD is expected to work with the current owners and prospective owners to come up with financing for the project.

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