New owners investing in troubled apartment complex

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Updated: 11/18/2013 7:17 pm Published: 11/18/2013 5:46 pm

The Autumn Woods Apartments, in Wagoner, now has a new owner. Apartment residents and police hope this change means there will be fewer drug and crime problems.

According to Wagoner police, the low-income housing complex has had drug problems until recently.

A few months ago, Fox 23 was at the apartments as authorities conducted a drug raid with the help of the complex's owner -- American Community Developers, a Detroit-based company.

American Community Developers turns run-down buildings into clean, updated homes.

Lorenia Roberson grew up in the Autumn Woods Apartments and has lived there for the past 13 years. She's been through the complex's good times and bad.

"It just went downhill real bad the last year," Roberson said. "I moved into [this complex] when they were brand-new, when they first built them. So it's going to be great to live in them again brand-new."

Wagoner Police Chief Bob Haley says that over the past few years, his officers have spent too much time responding to calls at the apartments.

"We've made drug arrests and gang arrests and things like that out of here," he said.

Roberson believes that clearing the bad seeds from the apartments is the key to the complex's revival.

"The ones that were here with the drug problems didn't live here. They were always some out-of-towner person," Roberson said.

Crews are now stripping the apartment buildings down to their frame and completely rebuilding them inside-out. They will eventually have new appliances, bathrooms and kitchens. The remodeling will be completed by March.

Residents like Roberson are thankful to their new landlords.

"Nothing ever really got done until they came," she said. "Got to give them their props on that."

Haley believes the new look of the complex will also mean that they can keep the old problems out.

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