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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