FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Eden Green Apartments will undergo major renovations and get a new name thanks to state tax credits the City of Fort Wayne has received. The complex located on the city’s southeast side just north of Creighton Avenue has been the recipient of much negative publicity over the years.
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has approved $1.2 million for the project to be used over the next 10 years.
City officials said construction will begin this spring. Fort Wayne Community Development officials said Eden Green has been a part of the city’s redevelopment plans. With new housing in the Renaissance Pointe neighborhood, city officials said it was hard to sale those homes because of the negative environment in Eden Green Apartments, which is only a few blocks down from the community.
“The community itself around this area has a bad reputation,” said Lenard Johnson, who lives at Eden Green.
Millenia Housing Management bought the apartment complex in December 2011. The company tried applying for tax credits before, but was turned down by the state due to competitive bids, said Heather Presley-Cowen, deputy director of Fort Wayne Community Development. Millennia reapplied last year for the tax credits and was approved this month.
“Very grateful that change is coming, that we can be such a huge part of that,” said Nikki Overton, Eden Green property manager.
The complex will be renamed to the Villages of Hanna. Construction will include demolishing one building with 16 units and turning it into townhouses. There will be a community center/administrative offices/laundry facilities in the center of the complex All 192 units will be updated. Another part of the renovation is enhancing the safety and security systems.
“It’s way overdue,” said Johnson. “I’m thankful that the city took time to come to the south side to make a change in this area.”
The city says the project should be complete in spring of next year.