Taking Back The Neighborhood

By: Sam Dick - Email
By: Sam Dick - Email

A Lexington neighborhood, long known for crime, is getting a second chance.

A California company is investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in a Lexington neighborhood that has a reputation for crime and gangs.

They're closing the door on gang bangers and drug dealers, and welcoming people who want to be a part of a community in Cardinal Valley.

Many people say they moved away, or were afraid to leave their homes at Cardinal Crossings, because of the high crime rate.

But last year, a group of property investors bought the apartment complex, with 156 units, on Village Drive. One inspector said the units had 15 years of neglect.

But the new owners say they've spent $750,000 rehabbing the apartments.

Besides physical changes, the new owners are opening a community center, with space for educational workshops.

They've also set up a break room for police to encourage a more secure environment.

New playground equipment and picnic tables are going in, compliments of Home Depot.

The California investors are betting their efforts will attract a more stable, caring tenant, and keep the bad guys away.

This Saturday, Cardinal Crossings will have its first Fall Festival, and a ribbon cutting ceremony at the community center.

The center is open to the entire Cardinal Valley community.

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  • by Andres Location: Virginia on Oct 26, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    This is the type of news that are needed, not only here but in the whole country. I added it to digg.com For the website, it would be great if the accompanying video shows up when clicking the related story. I spent a long time finding the video that matched this news.
  • by Jason on Oct 25, 2008 at 07:24 PM
    Jim, I happen to know the company through a third party. Check your facts before making such blatant false accusations. These are good people trying to do the right thing for all parties.
  • by Goebel Location: KY on Oct 15, 2008 at 08:10 AM
    I thought California had enough problems with their gangs and illegals.
  • by len Location: mount sterling on Oct 12, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    i hope this turns out to be a good thing, i wish they would bring something like this to mount sterling.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Oct 10, 2008 at 10:45 AM
    I live in a condo on Village Drive and yes they are finally cleaning up that area. I have seen nothing but good things from Cardinal Crossing. Now if we can just get the rest of the slum lords, who rent to anybody, to start making sure they are renting to legal citizens and that they aren't letting 10 people live in a 2 bedroom we might clean the rest of the neighborhod up.
  • by Lisa Johnson Location: Lexington on Oct 10, 2008 at 10:28 AM
    This should be done in anyone's neighborhood. Its not up to just the city or police its up to you as neighbors. We as a group can do anything. My belief has always been take back our parks and our neighborhoods. Most the abuse is to out of town landlords and the ones's who just don't care. What they say is loud and clear "show me the money"! Even if you do rent its your neighborhood too.
  • by shiree Location: lexington on Oct 10, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    There will be no stopping crime until we punish fully those who commit the crimes and I do not mean slaps on the wrists!!! I hope they do clean up the valley. It was once a nice place to live and raise your kids. Such a waste.
  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Oct 10, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    This sounds fishy, note that the company or investors were not identified. California is full of drug and gang neighborhoods who would fit the criteria for this investment. Sounds like government dollars are being sucked out thru a feel good project again
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2008 at 08:26 PM
    I see nothing but good things. It already looks like Village drive has been cleaned up a bit. Used to deliver pizzas in the valley, tough neighborhood. Please, if anyone there is reading this, stop robbing the delivery drivers.


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