170 tenants expected to move for apartment remodel

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - (WKYT) - Nearly 200 people are now looking for a new place to live due to a multi-million dollar rehabilitation project at a Lexington apartment complex.

Some residents say the Pimlico Apartments are in desperate need of repairs, while others say they would rather stay in the apartments to avoid inconvenience.

Within the next year and a half, the Lexington Housing Authority will pump nearly 20 million dollars into rehabilitating the Pimlico Apartments, located on the southeast side of Lexington.

While crews work to rehabilitate the apartments, the 170 residents who are currently living there will have to find another home.

We talked with many of the residents at the apartment complex and several of them said they are not upset about moving and that it was only a matter of time.

“I know that at some point and time we would have to leave Pimlico Apartments because they are getting bad,” said one man who has lived in the apartment complex for the past 5 years.

Residents can pick between two options-- Option A will require residents to move to another public housing unit in Lexington. The Housing Authority will pay for their moving expenses and transfer the utility expenses.

“It is going to be kind of difficult trying to find somewhere to stay because Section 8 isn’t like it used to be. Some of the places I’ve looked at are run down,” said Bonita Shelton, who has lived at the apartment complex for the past 4 years.

If residents choose Option B, they will accept a federal voucher allowing them to rent from a private landlord. They must pay their own moving expenses and find housing. About 140 tenants have indicated they wanted to take the voucher.

“I chose Option B because I wanted to get a one family home and find a good place to raise my kids.”

Residents have a few more months until they have to move out of their apartment.

We tried to contact employees with the Lexington Housing Authority on Sunday but their offices were closed.

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