Another apartment complex that had fallen on bad times was the former Sunrise Ridge on Hal Muldrow Drive just south of West Main Street.
“It was just a larger, nastier place,” Margie said.
The 70-unit Sunrise Ridge — newly renamed Tuscan Village — was formerly a regular stop for Norman Police, and is now getting an about $1 million upgrade throughout with a Tuscan theme and warm Italian colors and details including exposed brick in places, a central pergola that will be covered with ivy, skinny trees, tall flower pots and a fire pit where the pool was for apartment gatherings.
Tuscan Village manager Kourtney Davis pointed out they’ve been inspired by places around the world, like New York City for Warehouse Flats and Tuscany for Italian touches in Tuscan Village.
“We’re bringing a little bit of the world to places around Norman,” Davis said.
They said they are updating everything from new wiring, new doors, reworked heat-and-air and extensively revamped landscaping, among other new details in Tuscan Village.
In a model apartment there, dark wood-look vinyl flooring lends a warm touch to the interior, which is thoughtfully finished with upgraded fixtures and wall and granite-look counter treatments.
The investors also purchased the ailing 48-unit Dutch Hollow apartments on Oakhurst off East Lindsey Street, which had prostitution and drug dealers living there.
“We had drive-through drug sales going on,” Margie said. “The interiors — we’ve really jazzed these up.”
Another newly improved apartment complex owned by the groups and managed by Destination Management is the 98-unit West Oaks on Southwest 24th Street, which was also hit by last spring’s tornado.
Several factors made the renovations possible.
A new program sponsored by the Norman Police Department, Crime Free Norman, is in a trial period that started in October 2012.