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Low income apartments hold a grand reopening in Joplin

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A Joplin renovation gives a place for 130 residents to call home.  Renovation of an affordable housing unit that was heavily damaged in last years tornado is now complete.

A grand reopening was held earlier today at the Michigan Place Apartments, where Oak Meadows used to be before the tornado heavily damaged it.

Today state and local representatives along with many others joined to cut the ribbon for the apartment complex.

They are affordable housing units, with rent being 30% of the tenants income.

The development costs totaled around $15 million, which included complete unit renovation.

The manager of the complex, Colby McGehee, says there have been many upgrades to the complex but the most important change is the increase in security.

"There are 50 plus cameras on the site now, there are controlled access doors to the building," says McGehee.  "There used to be three entrances here on the property and now there is only one gate to control the entrance, so a lot of security upgrades have been implemented to basically insure safety."

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