Step Inside: South LA Apartment Gets $18 Million Upgrade

A South Los Angeles apartment complex has been upgraded with an $18 million makeover that will house more than 70 low-income families.

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The Park Plaza is a newly renovated south LA apartment complex.
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The complex, The Park Plaza, is located at 9620 West 62nd Place, where the area is heavily affected by a 45 percent crime rate higher than the national average, according to areavibes.com.
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The newly improved Park Plaza is more than just an upgraded apartment complex to residents, however. It is a residence that houses hope and pride to its tenants.
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"I feel like I won the lottery," Lowanda Rudolph, a 20-year resident, said in a press release. "Now we have a community and we have hope here. This is home to me now. I feel proud and grateful."
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The Park Plaza consists of a total of 79 units: six one-bedroom units, 41 two-bedroom units and 32 three-bedroom units. The cost of rent in the apartment complex varies from $760 to $1,051 per month.
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The residence includes several recreational spaces for its tenants which include an exercise facility, a computer room and community room. In addition to these, newly implemented leisurely activities were created for residents such as movie nights, monthly birthday parties and bingo nights to build a sense of community.
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Built adjacent to the property is Vermont Gage Park, complete with an enclosed playground for families with young children to enjoy.
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The $18 million upgrade was significantly funded by the Neighborhood Stabilization Program as well as the Affordable Housing Program of the Federal Home Loan Bank.
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The property was built by Los Angeles-based housing developer Thomas Safran & Associates, who partnered with Councilman Curren D. Price Jr., the Housing and Community Investment Department, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Public Works Department and LAPD.
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"Every individual -- regardless of their background, income or zip code -- is deserving of safe, clean and quality housing," Price said. "It gives me great pleasure that south LA families will have the opportunity to enjoy this remodeled housing complex and recreational facilities."
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