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Run-Down Neighborhood Receives Redevelopment Initiative

DAYTON -- It's one of the largest community redevelopment initiatives in Dayton history. Thursday night at East End Community Services, the Twin Towers neighborhood celebrated an $18 million investment into their community.
 
A few years ago, every home in this neighborhood was older, some boarded up and vacant. Now developers have torn down 100 of the vacant, boarded up homes and built 84 brand new, energy efficient,  modern homes which has completely changed the face of this neighborhood.
 
Tina Lock Has lived here for three years and has seen the revitalization first hand.

"It looks nicer all the houses that were around here were empty, boarded up," Lock said. "It didn't look good."

Moses Knocks has lived here for three months.

"It could bring back more people to live in this area," said Knocks.

Although he loves his new place, he can't help but to notice what it looks like next door.

"That one needs to be torn down if you ask me. The roof is about burned off of that one. If they would just tear it down it would be better," said Knocks.

"The neighborhood itself is pretty old it was built hundred and 30 years ago so a lot of the structures are just worn out," said East End Community Services Executive Director Jan Lepore-Jentleson.

The older deteriorating houses in many cases cost more to rehab than they are worth. So in 2010, developers began by tearing down and rebuilding 40 homes and then over the last year, 44 more new homes have helped to shape the neighborhood.

We have covered several stories in the Twin Towers neighborhood about crime vacant homes even stories about cars driving into homes.  Residents in this neighborhood are hoping this revitalization project will be a start to several positive stories coming out of this neighborhood.

"There's already been a reduction in crime when we had a lot of the vacant houses there was a huge crack house problem in the community and there were a lot of thefts related to crack," said Lepore-Jentleson.

The new homes are not only safer and nicer, but they are also some of the most energy efficient homes in the city.

"Still a lot to be done we are not there yet," she said. "We didn't just rebuild houses we are rebuilding a community."
 
Part of that community is an expanded youth center for the kids to come to after school. They offer games, tutoring and hey, even some free food for the kids.

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