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Lawrence Village Apartments get makeover

Published 10:00am Friday, September 6, 2013

SOUTH POINT — Lawrence Village Apartments in South Point are now open. Again.

Originally built in 1978, Lawrence Village Apartments have undergone a complete three-month renovation at a cost of $7.6 million paid for by federal low-income housing tax credits.

“Everyone who lives here is positively affected by this renovation,” Amy Albery, director of development for Wallick-Hendy, apartment manager, said. “But most important is the positive effect on the lives of the 105 children who live in this complex.”

The 70-unit complex has been renovated inside and out. An updated playground, grills, a gazebo and trees and bushes were added to the property. The exteriors of the buildings were fitted with new siding, new roofs and each unit was given a porch.

The inside of each unit underwent the most drastic changes. Smoke detectors were added, along with new wiring, plumbing, flooring, cabinets, toilets, vanities, hot water heaters, overhead lighting, two feet expanded kitchens and the installation of ceiling fans are some of the updates. Each apartment is now more energy-efficient and has universal design features.

The community building at the complex was also updated and now includes a social services office, a technology center with computers, a community room and a laundry facility.

“There is now a great place to have birthday parties and cookouts,” Albery said.

A social services coordinator will be on site through a partnership with the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization.

“We are proud to be a partner in this rehabilitation,” D.R. Gossett, CEO of CAO, said. “More important, I am proud to serve the people in this community. We are trying to have a positive impact on people’s lives whether we do X, Y and Z, just Y and Z or just Z.”

Elizabeth Wentz has lived at Lawrence Village for six years. She stayed with family during the 90-day renovation and she is pleased with the result of the project.

“My apartment is so much easier to keep clean,” she said. “My daughter loves the playground and the bad things have stopped. The difference is unbelieveable.”

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  • mickakers

    We lived in South Point for ten years around the time when these apartments were built. I am happy to hear these apartments are still in existence and have been renovated. Care and concern for the less fortunate members of our society should always take precedence.

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  • Poor Richard

    Citizens that pay property tax in the county pay for a great many things including schools, roads, solid waste and other levies that may pertain. Apartment buildings can have many families that use county facilities including the use of schools and roads but I don’t see the renters paying for use of those amenities. Not sure what the apartment building owner pays, but I doubt it covers the cost of numerous families with children.

    In my opinion, the state of Ohio should tax each and every renter to the equivalency of paying their fair share or the state should charge the slumlord for each family. I also think that a law needs to be passed in which people moving in from out of Ohio have so many days to get an Ohio license for their vehicle or they will be evicted. This will be effective in stopping the back and forth drug heads moving between states and those double dipping with welfare.

    A friend of mine told me that Ohio pays the most to welfarers. I don’t know really, I haven’t done the research but if that’s the case, then Ohio needs to lower their rates below WV and KY, so those deadbeats that came to Ohio to make more money on welfare will go back to where they belong.

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