ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - An Orange County apartment complex is celebrating a first late Thursday afternoon.
It's similar to a program that's been underway in Orlando for a couple of years.
Several residents in the complex told Channel 9's Mario Boone that the place used to be very dangerous and crime-ridden.
Gone are the days of
Residents said the change in their community didn't happen overnight. They said it took five years and many upgrades to the property.
The community had to go through
Some of the changes include a rigid applicant
Property manager Hazel Bridgeman said it took tens of thousands of dollars to achieve the crime-free designation.
"It was a challenge," said Bridgeman.
The result, residents said, is a much safer community for the people who live there.
"Very quiet, no crime, no
Residents said tenants are taking more pride in the complex and keeping the grounds clean. They said their children can play outside again.