Saturday, June 19, 2004

Renovated complex wins national award



By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

WALNUT HILLS - The newly renovated Alexandra apartment building - once a deteriorating eyesore at William Howard Taft Road and Gilbert Avenue - will receive the highest praise from the National Apartment Association next week.

The 100-year-old apartment complex will be awarded the 2004 Paragon Award for the best garden/townhouse pre-dating 1979. The award, to be presented during a ceremony in Las Vegas on June 26, is the highest honor bestowed by the National Apartment Association.

"This reaffirms the fact that the community knows what it has and that it's trying to save its best stuff," said Jim King, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation director.

Entries for the Paragon Award were judged by a group of architects, property owners and developers. Judges examined the development, project financing, property management services, financial operation and community impact.

The apartment building reopened last year after undergoing a $12.7million renovation and now provides 83 affordable apartments for senior citizens.

E-mail kaldridge@enquirer.com




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