LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville's largest apartment complex is getting a major makeover.
On Sept. 9, the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund (LAHTF) revealed four renovated units at Heritage Green on South 1st Street, formerly known as the Americana Apartments.
"To see them turn a community around is really amazing," Lafod Wright, who used to live in the complex said. "Back then it was a little wild; a little rundown. I'm really amazed at the turnaround."
Now Wright's company is part of the extensive renovation and cleaning for the almost 600 unit complex.
"When you go in some of these things, you can actually see chipped paint to walls with grime," Wright said. "It was in real horrible condition."
LAHFT says there's a 65,000 unit shortfall for affordable housing in the city.
"Hard working families deserve to be able to afford a decent , safe place to live and still have enough money left over for important things like groceries and child care," said Rachel Hurst, executive director of LAHFT.
The new complex replaced window air conditioning units with central air, redid kitchen space and added washers and dryers in every unit.
"I've got to see the before and the after and it's been amazing," Lysa Mattingly, a leasing associate for Heritage Green said.
"It's about time," said Thomas Hudson, who's lived in the apartment complex for three years. "It's way, way overdue."
Construction started a little more than a month ago. Underhill Associates, the company helming the $18 million renovation, is planning on 60 newly remodeled units ready for move-in each month. The group already has a 50 person waiting list.