Low-income housing complex gets a new look

HUNTINGBURG, IN (WFIE) - For the last year Oak Ridge Apartments have been undergoing an extensive renovation. Officials say the low-income housing was in dire need of a re-do.

Thursday, the complex had an open house to unveil its new look.

It's hard to imagine what they once looked like, but all you have to do is ask Samuel Willis, the building supervisor.

"They considered some of the buildings, the word is dilapidated, to some degree," says Willis.

Damage on the outside, leading to danger on the inside.

"Getting complaints about maybe getting rodents into your apartment because the exterior siding had pulled away," says Willis.

That's no longer a problem.

Just take a look inside apartment 115. From the ceiling to the floor, to the lighting fixtures and energy efficient appliances, everything is brand new.

"We gutted it down, to you might say the original dry wall," says Henry Olynger, President of Olynger Development.

Contractors say not even the concrete and sidewalks are original.

In all, 62 units were renovated at a cost of almost $4 million dollars.

"In some cases had to add walls to make handicap accessible apartments that didn't exist before, the turning radiuses and all that sort of thing," says Olynger.

"You want them to live in the best place possible, and they just didn't have that before," says Willis.

Now they certainly do.

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