LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- It was once a drug infested hotspot for criminal activity. But there has been a major transformation in one west Louisville neighborhood.
That transformation is taking place at the California Square Apartments, which is home to senior citizens and people with disabilities.
The 33-year-old building had fallen on hard times, but after a $6 million renovation, it has new tenants and new life.
Barbara Weaver is a longtime resident. She says, "It was pretty bad. I've seen everything go in and out since I've been here."
In the last 20 years, Weaver has seen lots of people come and go.
"We had people in the building that shouldn't have been in the building. We had some illegal activity going on in the building, and it just was not good at all," says Metro Councilman David James.
James knows the history because he represents the area. He says, "It was pretty bad. We had a lot of problems here."
But after this week and lots of changes, the problems should be gone.
James says, "Western Region Non-Profit Housing stepped in. They began working with Kentucky Housing Corporation and HUD, and they were able to get some tax credits in order to rehab this building."
The $6 million rehab includes new windows, a security gate, new furniture in the common area and apartment upgrades.
"From what it was 20 years ago, to what it is today, to where it's going to be in another five years, I'm very, very impressed," says James.
Residents are too. Weaver hopes they were impressed enough to take care of their new home.
She says, "I'm worried about whether it will be kept like that. When they have candy and paper and things of that sort, put 'em in the trash can. Don't stick 'em in these chairs."
Metro Councilman David James says this is the first of many positive changes in the California neighborhood.
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