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John_T
12-30-2011, 04:28 PM
Are there any plans to do something about Lantana Apartments near 10th and rockwell? Not only are these things an eyesore, but they are a haven for crime and gangs and have been vacant for over 3 years now. Not to mention the pizza boy that was killed there. Anybody know the plans for this blight?

mkjeeves
08-03-2015, 04:53 PM
I wonder how much longer citizens in NW OKC will keep putting up with the city's lack of action on this? Looks like a poster child for a no vote and sending money from the burbs for improvements somewhere else.


OKLAHOMA CITY – Neighbors claim an abandoned apartment complex is now a haven for arsonists and other criminals.
City officials say the Lantana Apartments, near N.W. 10th and Council Rd., have been vacant for more than five years.
This weekend, fire crews were called to put out a blaze at the complex, which has become a regular occurence.
“It’s been exposed to the elements. It’s been exposed to vandalism and it’s been on fire multiple times,” said District Fire Chief Benny Fulkerson, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
He says that since 2010, fire crews have been called to the complex 18 times.
Five of those calls have been in just the last month.
Residents who live nearby say they do not want to deal with the problem any longer.
“They need to tear it down or let it burn. One or the other,” said John Ewing, who lives near the complex.
Broken windows and burned out buildings are just some of the problems you can see from the street.
An unkempt property of which neighbors have grown tired.
The city says the complex has changed from one owner to another over the years. With each change, the promise of repair.
“Each time, we really hope that will happen,” said Kristy Yager, with the City of Oklahoma City.
But rather than being repaired, the building continues to fall into disrepair.
“It’s the city’s number one nuisance apartment. No property is worse than Lantana,” said Yager.
The city says to tear it down would cost them close to $1 million.
“One of the problems is that building is just covered in asbestos,” Yager said.
Right now, the city’s best effort is billing the owner in California for every emergency call.
That bill is $65 per firefighter or police officer per hour their time is used.
Still neighbors are not happy.
“It’s not safe for our school. It’s not safe for our children and it attracts undesirable people,” said Rita Swonger, who lives nearby.
Neighbors believe the city is ignoring their concerns and should be doing more.
The utilities have been turned off to the complex for some time. Fire officials say all of the fires, at least those in the last month, appear to have been intentionally set.

?No property is worse than Lantana,? Neighbors, city officials tired of abandoned complex | KFOR.com (http://kfor.com/2015/08/03/no-property-is-worse-than-lantana-neighbors-city-officials-tired-of-abandoned-complex/)

mkjeeves
08-03-2015, 05:38 PM
The story from the day before:

OKLAHOMA CITY – Another day brings another fire at the Lantana Apartments.
The 190 units on N.W. 10th between Rockwell and Council have been sitting empty for about 10 years.
Neighbors say they serve no good purpose.
“It’s a hide a hole, hidey hole for the bad guys,” said Greenvale Neighborhood Association president, Rita Swonger.
Residents around the vacant complex say it catches fire at least a couple of times a year.
“It was just on fire a couple weeks ago, maybe a month ago. It’s continual. They’re going to run out of buildings eventually,” said John Ewing.
Many of the buildings have extensive fire damage.
And because firefighters are well acquainted with this property, they immediately took a defensive mode fighting a fire that broke out just after 12:30 Sunday afternoon.
“With the history of the apartments here, with them being set on fire or catching fire several times,” said District Chief Cathy Hayes with the Oklahoma City fire department.
Nearby residents say they’ve brought their concerns to the city council before, but that they were told since the city doesn’t own the property, their hands are tied.
“All the city and the mayor and all them guys are focused on their little playground downtown and they’re not worried about us here on the edge of town,” said Ewing.

More:
Abandoned apartment complex known for catching fire burns again | KFOR.com (http://kfor.com/2015/08/02/abandoned-apartment-complex-known-for-catching-fire-burns-again/)

ljbab728
08-03-2015, 08:20 PM
Remember this?

OKC considers rules for dilapidated structures | Oklahoma State Home Builders (http://www.oshba.org/blog/okc-considers-rules-for-dilapidated-structures/)

The city had their hands somewhat tied by the state legislature and had to try to find other solutions.

mkjeeves
08-03-2015, 08:52 PM
Remember this?

OKC considers rules for dilapidated structures | Oklahoma State Home Builders (http://www.oshba.org/blog/okc-considers-rules-for-dilapidated-structures/)

The city had their hands somewhat tied by the state legislature and had to try to find other solutions.

The property has been abandoned for about 8 years prior and about a year since the city added new rules. I'm not sure they needed the registry to remember the place.


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Oklahoma City has a new tool in its struggle to rid the city of dilapidated buildings that can ruin property values.

It's a new ordinance that cracks down on people who abandoned their houses and other structures.

“Our ordinance today allows for an escalating level of fines,” says OKC Asst. City Manager Laura Johnson.

Maintenance fines can reach $500, but property owners can also be charged if a fire starts or police are called.

“$73 dollars per firefighter for every house that they are there,” says Johnson.

The city has 12,000 abandoned structures right now.

5/25/2013 Crews Douse Fire At Abandoned NW OKC Apartment Complex

One of the city's worst abandoned properties is the old Lantana Apartment complex at NW 10th St. and Greenvale Rd. The abandoned structures sit directly across from an elementary school, and have been set on fire several times.

The city says Lantana Apartment's owners, who live in California, owe more than $50,000 in back fines. However, the city can't acquire the property without having a clear purpose on what would go up in its place.

OKC Issues New Ordinance To Crack Down On Abandoned Buildings - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports | (http://www.news9.com/story/26850329/okc-issues-new-ordinance-to-crack-down-on-abandoned-buildings)

How about grass? Maybe they need to hire a consultant to make a plan if they lack imagination. (It's about 5 feet in weeds between the burned out buildings now.)

zookeeper
08-03-2015, 08:58 PM
The property has been abandoned for about 8 years prior and about a year since the city added new rules. I'm not sure they needed the registry to remember the place.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

Oklahoma City has a new tool in its struggle to rid the city of dilapidated buildings that can ruin property values.

It's a new ordinance that cracks down on people who abandoned their houses and other structures.

“Our ordinance today allows for an escalating level of fines,” says OKC Asst. City Manager Laura Johnson.

Maintenance fines can reach $500, but property owners can also be charged if a fire starts or police are called.

“$73 dollars per firefighter for every house that they are there,” says Johnson.

The city has 12,000 abandoned structures right now.

5/25/2013 Crews Douse Fire At Abandoned NW OKC Apartment Complex

One of the city's worst abandoned properties is the old Lantana Apartment complex at NW 10th St. and Greenvale Rd. The abandoned structures sit directly across from an elementary school, and have been set on fire several times.

The city says Lantana Apartment's owners, who live in California, owe more than $50,000 in back fines. However, the city can't acquire the property without having a clear purpose on what would go up in its place.

OKC Issues New Ordinance To Crack Down On Abandoned Buildings - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports | (http://www.news9.com/story/26850329/okc-issues-new-ordinance-to-crack-down-on-abandoned-buildings)

How about grass? Maybe they need to hire a consultant to make a plan if they lack imagination. (It's about 5 feet in weeds between the burned out buildings now.)


Interesting read below.


Eminent domain, sometimes referred to as condemnation, is the most powerful tool in local government’s property acquisition toolkit. Rooted in ancient English legal traditions, eminent domain is the governmental power to take property from its owner against the owner’s will when that property is needed for a public purpose or public use. While eminent domain was used historically to take land for public facilities, such as roads or parks, the Federal 1949 Housing and Urban Renewal Act expanded its scope significantly, by providing that:


The redevelopment of blighted areas for more productive uses was a public purpose permitting the use of eminent domain, and



Properties could be taken for redevelopment by a governmental entity through eminent domain and then resold to a private entity to redevelop, rather than having to be used directly by government.

This act, which was highly controversial at the time, was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in the landmark 1950 Berman v. Parker decision, which was affirmed by the Court in the controversial Kelo v. City of New London decision in 2005. All uses of eminent domain for affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization and redevelopment today stem from this fundamental decision.



More on this at State of New Jersey Spot Blight Eminent Domain (http://www.hcdnnj.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=19:site-content&id=623:spot-blight-eminent-domain)

mkjeeves
08-03-2015, 09:10 PM
Yep. The city knows all about it.


The Oklahoma City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday to declare a 692-acre area south of downtown blighted and subject to urban renewal.

The move allows the city to use eminent domain to buy land for MAPS 3 projects, including a $130 million, 70-acre downtown park and a $280 million convention center.

Oklahoma City has plans for blighted area south of downtown | News OK (http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-has-plans-for-blighted-area-south-of-downtown/article/3438450)

zookeeper
08-03-2015, 09:18 PM
Yep. The city knows all about it.

The Oklahoma City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday to declare a 692-acre area south of downtown blighted and subject to urban renewal.

The move allows the city to use eminent domain to buy land for MAPS 3 projects, including a $130 million, 70-acre downtown park and a $280 million convention center.

Oklahoma City has plans for blighted area south of downtown | News OK (http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-has-plans-for-blighted-area-south-of-downtown/article/3438450)

Which supports your point of selective use to improve the downtown area at the expense of blight in the outer rungs.
If there ever was a case for its use outside the inner city - this is it.

The city says a million to tear down. They could raise that standing on the corners with a tin cup and pencils.
(As long as they are the right corners - with somebody who could profit off the action.)
.

ljbab728
09-01-2015, 10:32 PM
It looks like, to answer the original question, soon.

Dangerous apartments could soon be demolished | KFOR.com (http://kfor.com/2015/09/01/dangerous-apartments-could-soon-be-demolished/)

bchris02
09-01-2015, 11:47 PM
It looks like, to answer the original question, soon.

Dangerous apartments could soon be demolished | KFOR.com (http://kfor.com/2015/09/01/dangerous-apartments-could-soon-be-demolished/)

Unfortunately, it looks like they only plan on tearing down 7 of the 18 buildings. I don't know why they don't just get rid of the entire complex.

mkjeeves
09-02-2015, 06:54 AM
Unfortunately, it looks like they only plan on tearing down 7 of the 18 buildings. I don't know why they don't just get rid of the entire complex.

Almost a half measure! Progress.

ljbab728
09-03-2015, 09:48 PM
There may soon be nothing left for the city to raze.

Oklahoma City apartments catch fire | KFOR.com (http://kfor.com/2015/09/03/oklahoma-city-apartments-caught-fire/)

bchris02
09-03-2015, 10:52 PM
OKC fire crews battling west side apartment fire | Oklahoma City - OKC - KOCO.com (http://www.koco.com/news/okc-fire-crews-battling-west-side-apartment-fire/35094502)

I find it kind of funny that I already knew what apartment complex it would be before clicking the link. Why is it this complex catches fire so much?

ljbab728
09-03-2015, 11:20 PM
OKC fire crews battling west side apartment fire | Oklahoma City - OKC - KOCO.com (http://www.koco.com/news/okc-fire-crews-battling-west-side-apartment-fire/35094502)

I find it kind of funny that I already knew what apartment complex it would be before clicking the link. Why is it this complex catches fire so much?
Well at this time of the year it's not from intruders trying to keep warm. Meth labs?

Urbanized
09-04-2015, 06:29 AM
More likely set by vandals.

Just the facts
09-04-2015, 07:56 AM
Sounds like a good place to start prairie restoration. They need to just let it burn to the ground the next time it catches fire.

There are a couple of other large apartment complexes in the area as well; how are those faring?

rezman
09-04-2015, 09:07 AM
More likely set by vandals.

Or by disgruntled neighbors.

David
09-04-2015, 10:06 AM
"Oops, this troubled, vacant, completely worthless apartment complex just burned to the ground. What a loss."

OKCretro
09-04-2015, 10:12 AM
meth users need a place to live too.

Urbanized
09-04-2015, 12:54 PM
Or by disgruntled neighbors.

I think it was mkjeeves...come on mkjeeves...we won't tell.

mkjeeves
09-04-2015, 02:00 PM
It was on fire when I got here, officer.

There's 16 or 18 buildings. Some are divided into several sections by concrete firewalls. Some are close to occupied buildings.

I might light a fire by using a drone and making an OKC promo video. Or just cut a few missing shots into some of those videos we have now.

kevinpate
09-04-2015, 05:35 PM
Maybe someone decided the local fire crews needed more exercise and practice opportunities?
If so, probably far better there than on property for which someone still cares.

hoya
09-04-2015, 06:09 PM
https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/728775125/trash.jpg

My life for you.

bchris02
09-04-2015, 10:13 PM
Firefighters fed up as abandoned apartments burn again | Oklahoma City - OKC - KOCO.com (http://www.koco.com/news/okc-fire-crews-battling-west-side-apartment-fire/35094502)

Don't know why they don't just let it burn and get it over with. It's laughable that the owners say they are going to secure the property and revitalize it.

rezman
09-05-2015, 08:27 AM
If the City doesn't want to spend the money all at once to demo the place, then once a month or so, someone can set it ablaze, and the fire department can let it burn a little, and put it out... One building at a time, untill it's all reduced to ashes, then they haul off the rubble. .... ... Just think of it as an installment plan.

mkjeeves
09-05-2015, 09:54 AM
If the City doesn't want to spend the money all at once to demo the place, then once a month or so, someone can set it ablaze, and the fire department can let it burn a little, and put it out... One building at a time, untill it's all reduced to ashes, then they haul off the rubble. .... ... Just think of it as an installment plan.

I've heard some fire departments will burn houses or buildings down for people who want them demolished for training. I imagine it depends on what's around them. There could be some tremendous liability if a fire got away from them.

This matches the names in the story for being the owners: Regatta Capital Group - Boutique Wealth Management (http://www.regattainvest.com/)

mkjeeves
09-05-2015, 10:44 AM
On fire again this morning.

Abandoned apartments catch fire for the second night in a row (http://www.okcfox.com/story/29966097/abandoned-apartments-catch-fire-for-the-second-night-in-a-row)

David
09-05-2015, 04:48 PM
You know, I was joking previously but now I'm not so sure.

ljbab728
10-14-2015, 11:19 AM
One step closer.

http://www.okc.gov/news/2015_10/Oklahoma_City_Council_approves_contract_to_demolis h_part_of_Lantana_Apartments.html


Oklahoma City Council approves contract to demolish part of Lantana Apartments

(Oct. 13, 2015) - The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to approve a contract for demolishing several dilapidated buildings and remove debris at a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex prone to fires and decay.

The Council voted to approve a $234,652 contract with K&M Dirt Services to demolish seven buildings at Lantana Apartments, 7408 NW 10. Several fires have caused severe damage, leaving many buildings at the apartment complex dilapidated and dangerous.

Repeated calls for firefighters and code enforcement have resulted in spiraling, unrecovered costs for the City. Code enforcement alone at the property has cost nearly $73,000 in the last seven years, recovering only about $41,600 in payments from the property owner.

Buildings, 7400, 7406, 7422, 7430, 7432, 743 and 7436 will be demolished.

kevinpate
10-14-2015, 12:13 PM
Over several years, net costs to the city due to problems at the property seem to have come in about 32G.
So the solution is to spend 7 times that amount.
I am unclear if they are taking all of it to dirt or only burned structures to dirt, with some remaining, or at least perhaps remaining until a few more fires happen?

Bullbear
10-14-2015, 12:15 PM
As they catch fire... show up and control the burn but let them burn to the ground. that might be cheaper..

baralheia
02-22-2016, 01:59 PM
Looks like they're going ahead with demolition for 7 damaged buildings this week, according to the Oklahoman:
Derelict apartments demolition begins this week in northwest Oklahoma City | News OK (http://newsok.com/article/5480434)

ljbab728
02-24-2016, 11:27 PM
Sayonara to Lantana.

http://www.oklahoman.com/article/5481042?earlyAccess=true

mkjeeves
02-25-2016, 07:04 AM
Lantana has 15-20 buildings. They are tearing down 7.

Tritone
02-25-2016, 07:25 PM
Slowly but surely...perhaps a lightning strike or two...or a meteor...or someone stealing a gas stove?

warreng88
09-14-2016, 10:45 AM
OKC trying to catch up with problem properties

By: Brian Brus The Journal Record September 13, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – For every abandoned building that’s cleared from the city’s list of problem properties, it seems like another two take its place, Development Services Director Bob Tener said.

Securing properties and demolishing those beyond help has cost the city $1.5 million over the last three fiscal years, Oklahoma City officials reported Tuesday. City Hall has been able to recover only $937,000 of that total.

As of the end of fiscal year 2015-2016 on June 30, a total of 639 buildings had been declared abandoned by the City Council. Tener was not able to provide a tally from previous years for comparison because the city only started keeping a running list a year ago.

But he said the list keeps growing. His staff is trying to find ways to slow the pace and make it easier for responsive property owners to untangle themselves from bureaucratic red tape. The latest efforts are taking the form of ordinances that would allow them to bypass the City Council on simple administration processes and establish a fee to offset staff costs involved in tracking and billing public safety expenses.

Those costs aren’t cheap either: Since the city started keeping track last year, there were 307 incidents at 87 properties that required a public safety response such as firefighters dealing with squatters arson. City staff has sent bills for a total of $89,000 in expenses and has collected only $6,000. The new ordinances are still being drafted and aren’t ready for City Council action yet.

City Hall officials thought they had a solution to the blight problem in 2013 when they created a registry to easily classify several thousand abandoned buildings for remediation. But local real estate agents took their concerns to state lawmakers at the Capitol, leading to pre-emptive legislation disallowing such a process.

By the end of 2014, the Oklahoma City Council directed Tener and his staff to tackle the issue from another angle – billing property owners for emergency response services – which has not received the same attention from the Legislature. Tener said the new ordinance is expected to be a significant cost-saver.

The most egregious property on the abandoned list is 7408 NW 10th St., the Lantana Apartments complex, which has cost the city $28,600 in public safety calls. A year ago, the City Council approved a contract worth $235,600 for demolishing several dilapidated buildings and removing debris at the site.

The second-most problematic property doesn’t even come close to Lantana: $6,300 in public safety calls for 1801 NW 14th St., followed by $5,200 for safety calls at 45 SE Grand Blvd.

AP
09-14-2016, 11:39 AM
This is the damage that can be seen at Lantana from Maps:

http://www.okctalk.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=13060&d=1473874740

warreng88
02-14-2017, 08:12 PM
OKC agrees to redevelopment plan for Lantana Apartments

By: Brian Brus The Journal Record February 14, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY – The public nuisance that is the Lantana Apartments may soon be redeveloped by a third party, city officials said.

City Council members unanimously approved an economic development agreement Tuesday with Hartford at 10th LLC to make the abandoned complex accessible to tenants again, with construction to begin as early as March. Hartford proposed investing about $3.1 million in exchange for forgiveness of liens still owed to the city.

City Hall has repeatedly identified 7408 NW 10th St. as the most egregious offender on its abandoned properties list, costing $73,000 in code enforcement and city services since 2008. Although the current amount of liens on the property owed to the city total $262,835, with an additional $42,545 pending liens anticipated to be filed in the next six months, the city has struggled to recoup even a few hundred dollars from the absent owner.

According to Oklahoma County records, the complex is owned by AMG Riverton in El Segundo, California, which could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Hartford has requested that another limited liability corporation named BC56 finance a portion of the costs of capital improvements. In order to induce the lender to finance a portion of those costs, City Manager Jim Couch’s staff said the liens could be released just prior to the developer closing on the loan.

Oklahoma County Treasurer Forrest “Butch” Freeman said he would agree to decertify the city regarding the liens so that it can be added again to the ad valorem tax base to benefit public school districts and other taxing entities.

City Hall will discount and convert the remaining balance of the existing and pending liens into a $109,538 loan to the developer made through the Oklahoma City Economic Development Authority, effectively a second mortgage, Economic Development Project Manager Brent Bryant said. The agreement carries a provision that it may be forgiven if Hartford completes the redevelopment of the complex’s remaining 102 units by September 2018 with at least 25-percent occupancy.

Hartford officials could not be reached for comment.

rezman
02-15-2017, 09:23 AM
So, will the remains of this complex be razed and a new complex be built, or will what's still standing be rehabbed ?. And will it again be section 8 housing where it will be trashed and become dilapidated once again?.

HHE
02-23-2017, 08:26 AM
The existing buildings are in rough shape and there are rumors of asbestos. If they try and rehab the existing buildings it should be a total gut job.

It would be unethical to leave something in place that could harm the tenants.

Edit: This deal doesn't pencil out. if you take the 3.1 Million and divide it by the remaining square footage then you get about $33/ft^2. Unless they have other funds available, I don't see how this project will be a successful one.

bchris02
10-15-2017, 01:47 PM
Looks like a fire at the new, redeveloped Lantana Apartments.

http://www.news9.com/story/36600708/crews-respond-to-apartment-fire-in-nw-okc

LocoAko
11-21-2017, 09:35 AM
I know this isn't about the Lantana Apartments (wasn't sure where else to put this), but it looks as though the derelict apartments on the SE side of the I-44/NW 39th Expy junction have burned down.

14284

14285

rezman
11-21-2017, 11:25 AM
That was originally a motel. I think it was the Suntide, that was turned into a women's work release center.

Laramie
11-21-2017, 04:23 PM
There are a number of dilapidated structures like Lantana Apartments complex throughout OKC. These places need to be demolished--definitely a black eyesore & potential fire hazard as they become home for the vagrants and some homeless.

http://kwtv.images.worldnow.com/images/5303941_G.jpg

http://kwtv.images.worldnow.com/images/19981629_BG1.jpg

What next, do we need a 2020 one year extension initiative--MAPS for Dilapidation?

warreng88
01-10-2018, 07:54 PM
Lantana Apartments ready for renters after redevelopment

By: Brian Brus The Journal Record January 10, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – A squatter magnet and fire trap will be open for walk-throughs this month after $2.3 million in redevelopment work, Hartford Rentals principal Justin Tabone said.

The Lantana Apartments, 7408 NW 10th St., have been one of Oklahoma City’s most costly derelict properties, costing $73,000 in code enforcement and city services since 2008. After firefighters put out yet another blaze at the complex in 2015, the Oklahoma City Council approved $235,000 to raze seven of the buildings and pass the cost to absent owners AMG Riverton in El Segundo, California.

When Colorado-based Hartford revealed intent to buy and redevelop the property last year, council members approved an agreement to help the company secure financing by releasing the liens just before closing on the loan. The Oklahoma County treasurer’s office also decertified the city’s position so that Lantana could be counted again as a contributing ad valorem tax base to benefit the public school district and other taxing entities.

City Hall discounted and converted the remaining balance of the existing and pending liens into a $109,538 loan to the developer made through the Oklahoma City Economic Development Authority, effectively creating a second mortgage. The agreement carried a provision that it could be forgiven if Hartford completes the redevelopment of the complex’s remaining 102 units by September 2018 with at least 25-percent occupancy.

That seems likely, as Tabone said the extensive refurbishment is 80 percent complete and the ownership group plans to start showing units to potential residents Monday. One-bedroom apartments will be priced at $550 per month; two bedrooms will rent for $650; and three bedrooms will cost $800.

“The property’s not done yet, but we do have a model set up so that people can walk through and see what it’s going to look like,” he said.

Economic Development Project Manager Brent Bryant said Wednesday he’s pleased the agreement worked out as planned. City Hall would rather see the community improved for residential use than leave a gap.

Tabone said Hartford Rentals intends to keep the property in its small portfolio of turnaround projects. The company was launched in 2010 with the acquisition of Aspen Way Apartments, 1000 NW 88th St. Redbud Landing Apartments, 403 Tinker Diagonal, was acquired in 2013 when it went into foreclosure. Each of them required extensive work to reopen, Tabone said.

The decision to hold Lantana doesn’t surprise broker David Dirkschneider at Price Edwards. A property with a history like Lantana’s needs to be proven a viable income-producer before it can be flipped for profit, he said.

“A lot of people look at that 10th Street corridor as a no-go,” Dirkschneider said. “They won’t buy it; they won’t touch it. They’ll steer clear because they think it’s just too far gone. But the right operator can do really well if they take care of the properties.

“There are a lot of people who grew up in that area, who have family in that area, and they want a nice place to live, too,” he said.

In 2008, a pizza deliveryman was lured to the vacant complex and shot to death, and city services have been called to the site for numerous problems including prostitution, drug deals and arson. Tabone said one of the biggest challenges in making the property marketable again has been dealing with years of bad history.

“You have a chicken-and-egg situation here,” he said. “Is it bad management that brings that type of traffic around? Or was that kind of traffic always there, making it difficult for management to deal with it?

“In our experience, if you have an improved product that’s well-managed and that people can take pride in, it typically mitigates a lot of those other circumstances,” Tabone said.