Reporter - Danielle Lerner

Oct 7, 2011 1:57 PM

Vacant Vista Sierra Apartment buildings to get major makeover

A vacant apartment complex in midtown, plagued by graffiti, vandalism and crime is slated to get a much-needed makeover.

News 4 told you about those problems at the Vista Sierra Apartments, near Campbell and Fort Lowell Road. The buildings have been sold, bought by local company Town West Realty's Design and Development branch for $25,000 back in March.

"Just really a blight on the neighborhood," said Sandra Miller, who lives near the complex. "We had a lot of graffiti, we had people living in the apartments with no water or electricity, drugs being sold."

What was once the Vista Sierra Apartments is now an empty, boarded up building, covered with painted over graffiti, surrounded by barbed wire. However if all goes according to plan the property will be transformed in less than one year.

"We're taking a project that was obsolete and underutilized, redeveloping it, redefining it and bringing it up to today's standards," said Jim Horvath, president of Town West Design and Development.

Plans call for 78 fully-renovated one and two bedroom apartments, the complex complete with a new pool, spa and business center among other upgrades.

"Hopefully this will be a transformation that will continue to upgrade the neighborhood," said Horvath.

Miller says she is all for it.

"We'd have high-end residents living there, they would add to our tax base, they would support our businesses, all kinds of things," she said. "Just so much better than being an empty building standing there."

Town West hopes to break ground on the renovations by the end of November. They are scheduled to take about ten months.


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