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Lawrence Village Apartments get makeover

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.”