|Published:||Jan 07, 2011 12:48 AM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 06, 2011 8:34 PM EST|
CAPE CORAL, Fla - A Cape Coral eye sore is getting a make over.
The Rosewind Motel on Santa Barbara Boulevard has long been an issue for neighbors.
They've complained vagrants would hide in the abandoned building and do drugs.
But now the motel has new owners, who are overhauling the entire building.
Their first order of business was to change the name.
The building is now called Parker House South.
For weeks men have been working around the clock renovating the building.
"We're working six days a week. Ten hours a day," said Chris Lally, Property Manager of Parker House South
Weeks ago the building was deemed unlivable and was all boarded up.
After weeks of painting, sawing, tiling, and renovating, the building looks nearly brand new.
Lally says they're about 75% done.
"We worked with the City of Cape Coral and we're excited about the property," he said.
The property has been vacant for five years.
As it slowly deteriorated, neighbors complained it attracted vagrants.
"It was an eyesore for five years. People coming out of there for five years. They destroyed it," said Dianne Longo.
Longo lives directly behind the building.
Often she and other neighbors would find syringes and empty beer bottles scattered about the property and their backyards.
But as renovations are being made her outlook has changed.
"They are working hard. Morning and night," she said.
Parker House South will be apartments for rent, not a motel.
"Hopefully it's going to be an improvement and hopefully it will shape up," Dianne said.
Chris Lally wants his tenants to be planted in the community.
"We want to upgrade the quality of tenants here. This is a nice area of Santa Barabara here," he said.
Ideally, Lally would like to have the building finished by February 15th.
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