A Millcreek apartment complex which became synonymous with blight and crime is turning a new leaf.
The Granada Apartment complex is now The Reserve at Millcreek. Management says that nearly every aspect of the complex is being transformed. Granada Apartments in Millcreek Township was wrought with problems, from a balcony collapse in June of 2016 that left five people injured to the fallout, several condemned buildings, one demolition and the displacement of residents.
Director of Leasing, Andrew Norris, says, “There was a stigma attached to Granada. People weren’t really interested or calling, but there’s been a huge uptick since we’ve changed to The Reserve.”
That change started in July when the apartment complex was sold in a sheriff’s sale for $387,000. Property Manager Katie Schrader says the complex is safer. “The crime rate has gone down around the complex. In talking with the city officials, we have noted a decrease in the amount of ambulance services up here, as well as law enforcement.”
As the community transforms, management says all 705 apartments will be renovated. “You’re going to be seeing new paint, new carpet… All of the maintenance has been completed.”
Norris says work has already been done on the exterior of some of the roughly 30 buildings. “They start to see contractors on site, putting new roofs up, doing new pavement.”
It’s a plan to improve the quality of life for tenants and new residents. Schrader says, “We’re looking to remodel, to update, and to make this a safe community for our residents.”
The Reserve at Millcreek is inviting the community out tomorrow for an open house and holiday festivities. The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 16 from Sat from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.
They are asking the public for donations in the form of winter clothing, non-perishable foods and packaged toys.