LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Thursday was move-in day at the new Sheppard Square housing complex in the Smoketown neighborhood.
Millions of dollars were spent on renovating these initial units with hope to reduce crime in the area.
Construction started in November 2012. After several weather related delays, the first family moved in on Thursday. Janae Thompson and her two little girls walked into what Thompson called their new future.
"It's perfect. It's more than perfect," Thompson said as she touted her new home.
The apartment boosts more than 1,400 square feet, three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, which means both of Thompson's daughters will have their own room.
The new units have several Eco-friendly features and there is on site, mandatory recycling and food waste recycling.
Thompson said the most important feature the apartment offers doesn't come with cost savings, but is the peace of mind that comes with knowing her children have a safe environment to live in.
"They can come outside and play without seeing people dealing drugs or shooting and fighting and all of that. I think it's a good environment for my kids to grow up in," Thompson said.
Eleven units were opened on Thursday and in the next several weeks more units are expected to be finished and ready for residents to move into.
All 310 units are expected to be completed by the end of 2015. Those units will be mixed-income.