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N4T Investigators: New owner promises changes at distressed apartment complex

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Here is the latest on a story the News 4 Tucson Investigators have been following for more than a year. It's about conditions at a central Tucson apartment complex. Over the years, the place has fallen into disrepair. Now, big changes could be in the works, after the property was auctioned off to the highest bidder. 

Oscar Saralequi and his wife, Anise, have lived in the neighborhood for eight years. They're both visually impaired, but they can still clearly see their complex, Oakwood Terrace, has fallen on hard times. Although, that is starting to slowly change.

“Tucson Police Department seems to be paying more attention to this neighborhood, and we appreciate that big time, but it is still saturated with big-time crime,” Oscar Saralequi said.

There have also been potential health concerns. In May of last year, the News 4 Tucson Investigators spotted broken windows and holes apparently dug by pack-rats, as well as a murky, green swimming pool.

A new manager soon took over, and promised things would get better. Then, this year, the property fell into foreclosure. Tucson Realtor, Jarrett Reidhead, stepped in, and bought Oakwood Terrace sight-unseen.

“When I got here, and found what it is, I was maybe not as happy as I thought I was going to be with the purchase on paper,” Reidhead said.

Reidhead tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, neglected maintenance in the past has led to Oakwood Terrace's current state. He already has started getting estimates to re-plaster the pool, which is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes, and to make electrical repairs. Reidhead hopes to have it back up and running in about a month.

“My goal is, if I keep it or if I sell it, whoever takes it makes it back into a nice place for people to live, because the tenants that are living here haven't been taken care of,” Reidhead said.

“We've got a good feel of people, and I think the new management is going to be really, really, really good, and respond quickly to any problems that come up,” Anise told us. It’s a bit of cautious optimism that the complex will once again be a place that people can be proud to call home.

If you have something you'd like the News 4 Tucson Investigators to check out, email us at investigators@kvoa.com, or call the News 4 Tucson Investigators tip-line at (520) 955-4444.

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