The city of Rome is beautifying it’s community, one building at a time. The Rome Housing Authority and Omni Housing Development have partnered together to improve the Liberty Gardens, a low-income housing development.
It’s a 3-phase revitalization project completely renovating Liberty Gardens. This is the first update to the apartment complex since it was built back in the 1950s and residents say they couldn’t be more thankful.
“It’s just great, amazing, it’s a change of life,” says Nahomie Placide, Liberty Gardens resident.
“More space, beautiful, it’s like I’m living in another area,” says Denis Placide, Liberty Gardens resident.
Nahomie and Denis have been living at Liberty Gardens for 5 years. The old apartments were outdated and hadn’t been touched since the 1950s, but the new apartments are modern and more spacious. With their 2 little girls, Nahomie and Denis say their apartment finally feels like a home.
“They’re like ‘Daddy I love my room, it’s beautiful.’ And sometimes they show their room to their friends,” says Denis.
“The little one told me this morning, ‘I love my room it has flowers’ because we bought little decorations for them to make it a lot nicer, like princess-like,” says Nahomie.
“It was a 1952 building and now it’s not – now its a 2013 building,” says Jim Baldwin, executive director at Rome Housing Authority.
The 2-and-a-half year construction process hasn’t been easy. Baldwin says there was talk about demolishing and rebuilding but in the end..
“The state and local partners got together and decided the architecture was something we wanted to preserve for the community so we renovated rather then replaced,” says Baldwin.
And even though it’s an affordable housing development, Denis says it doesn’t feel that way.
“Living here is like low-income people but they consider us like first-class people,” says Denis.
“I believe it’s a fundamental human right that people have a safe, secure place to live and really what we’re doing is providing folks with that,” says Jim.
The Rome Housing Authority says all of the renovations – that’s nearly 200 apartments – should be complete by the end of 2014.