NeighborWorks Green Bay purchases challenged complex

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Tenants living in Baybrooke Estate Complex have new owners now that NeighborWorks Green Bay purchased the property.

The non-profit organization spent $2.15 million dollars to renovate the challenged property.

"We thought a local non-profit owning them would be better for the property, for the neighbors and the community over all," President and CEO Noel Halvorsen said.

Halvorsen said the complex has had its share of challenges.

"There's some roofs that need to be replaced," Halvorsen said. "We want to do some improvements in the parking lots, in the dumpsters and closures and some of the entry ways."

They're hoping the purchase of the 40 units will help make the neighborhood safer.

"This property has been a problem for the City of Green Bay for quite awhile," Assistant Director for Department of Community and Economic Development Cheryl Renier-Wigg said. "Not only with inspection issues, but with police calls as well. I mean i think there was a meth lab there which is very problematic for the city."

Renier-Wigg has worked closely with the organization and said upgrades can attract the right attention.

"If you don't pick up the little things in the neighborhood they become big because of the perception that people don't care," Reiner-Wigg said. "The housing in stock isn't that bad. It's got good bones, it's just those little things."

Halvorsen said NeighborWorks Green Bay has already started to work on the complex and is putting half a million dollars toward improvements.

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