Inspection Of Old Dominion Univ. Private Dorm Gives Troubling Results

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When city officials arrived last month at a private dormitory that houses more than 900 Old Dominion University students, and which has been the site of several armed robberies and drug deals, they found unauthorized people entering the building, malfunctioning fire alarms and no security at the front door.

It took 20 minutes for inspectors to locate two unarmed security guards, according to the report written by Deputy City Attorney Cynthia Hall.

Derek Anderson, a partner in the Houston-based firm Residential Housing Development, which owns The District at ODU, disputes the veracity of the report.

"Much of what is in the report is factually inaccurate," he said. The fire alarm was working and security was adequate, he said, adding that he has implemented all of the suggestions made by the city and ODU to improve safety at the dorm.

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