LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- The first phase of demolition at the old Beecher Terrace complex in the Russell neighborhood got underway.

On Aug. 30, crews were visible inside many of the apartments removing windows and molding, much of the area roped off for asbestos. The site will become housing for seniors 55 and older, a four-story building with energy-efficient one and two-bedroom apartment homes.

Former resident Angelo Sellers watched outside the gates as demolition work was conducted.

"I think it's for the better, for it to be torn down because change is good as long as it's for a good reason. It was a high crime area. So this was a good thing, tearing it down to make something better for the people,” Angelo Sellers, former Beecher Terrace resident, said.

The new development is set for completion in 2020, and will include a fitness room, office space for case managers and visiting physicians, a bicycle repair station and a variety of other features designed to promote increased physical activity and other healthy behaviors.