LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Two years ago, a WKYT investigation found it was one of the worst eyesores in the Bluegrass but a major makeover has helped turn that around.
Neighbors say an apartment complex at a busy Lexington intersection was falling apart and dangerous.
But now that apartment complex near Richmond Road and New Circle looks a lot better and neighbors couldn't be happier with the changes.
For more than 40 years, Hershel Hensley has lived along Butternut Hill Court, which sits right across the street from the former Pennington Place Apartment Complex.
Over the years, his house and his property have remained practically unchanged but the same can't be said about his view from the front porch.
Just a few years ago, crime plagued the formerly vacant Pennington Place Apartments.
“There were boards on all of the windows and the doors. There were a lot of homeless people coming in and some ripping out the copper. We didn’t need that stuff for the neighbors,” Hershel Hensley explained.
But after being purchased by another management company, the 300 unit complex -- now named “300 At The Circle” -- is an eyesore no more.
“They kept the shell of the building but they went in and redid the electrical, the plumbing, the cabinetry,” said Rhonda Collins, the complex’s property manager.
The apartments are currently in three phases of construction and dozens of residents have already moved into those apartments in the first phase.
Now, many are hoping that as more people move in, the value of the surrounding properties will go up.
“Hopefully this is going to bring the value back up here in the neighborhood and bring a lot of first class people up here
Along with the new name and new look, Hensley also hopes the complex will bring about a new beginning to the neighborhood he's called home for 40 years.
The property manager of 300 At The Circle says the first phase of construction should be completed by early June.