Student apartment complex in Maine draws police

Posted Nov. 10, 2008, at 1:46 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:16 a.m.

PORTLAND — A new $22 million apartment complex occupied by 300 college students has come under pressure from police, who have been called there 58 times in the past two months to deal with complaints such as drunkenness and rowdy behavior.

Managers of the privately owned Bayside Village have responded by imposing tighter restrictions on tenants, including limits on the number of visitors at one time. Some students have bristled at the new rules.

“I was like, ‘I’m moving out,”’ said Brady Patterson, a 20-year-old junior at the University of Southern Maine. “This isn’t a dorm.”

The 100-unit Bayside Village, owned by Realty Resources, rents primarily to USM and Southern Maine Community College students. It is Portland’s first apartment complex designed for college students but run by a private business instead of a school. Monthly rent range from $550 to $675.

Police approached Realty Resources in September, when they were called to the complex 17 times. The number of calls soared to 41 last month.

The company has replaced the complex’s general manager and evicted four private tenants. Managers say a fifth eviction is in the works.

The city is working with management to keep the complex from being designated as a “disorderly house.” Under city ordinances, that could lead to fines or even condemnation of the building if the problems there persist.

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