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July 28, 2009

Grand opening of new Roosevelt Park apartments scheduled Thursday morning

A year ago, residents of the Roosevelt Park neighborhood were concerned about construction of new apartments in the area.

Now, those apartments will have their grand opening at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Melody Hiebert, regional manager for Wilhoit Properties, which operates the apartments, said the 48 apartments are one-, two- and three-bedroom tax credit properties with differing rent levels. They also are income restricted.

“The apartments are gorgeous. They are fully equipped with Whirlpool appliances, full-size washer and dryer, frost-free refrigerator with ice maker, stove and self-cleaning oven, dishwasher, ceramic tile and wall-to-wall carpeting,” Hiebert said.

When Enid City Commission discussed construction of the apartments last year, a group of residents of the Roosevelt Park neighborhood appeared at a number of Metropoli-tan Area Planning Commission and city commission meetings to express their opposition. City commissioners voted to build the apartments, and residents of the area have not said anything negative since then.

Residents were concerned the complex would destroy the family atmosphere of the neighborhood and result in more crime.

The Rev. Alfred Bald-win, who led the opposition group, said he is hoping for the best.

“I feel like this,” he said, “they are there and I hope and wish for the best. I will be there for the grand opening. They borrowed some tables from the church, and we are supporting them in that way. They look nice.”

Baldwin has heard no negative expressions and said everyone is hoping for the best. He said people who live in the neighborhood are hoping everything expressed by city officials will come to pass and there will be no negative situations.

“We’re optimistic and hope everything will go well,” he said.

The apartments were built with a federal grant, and Wilhoit Properties receives tax credits for operating them. Hiebert said the complex is nearly full and will be 100 percent occupied by Thursday.

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