LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette’s Claystone at the Crossing is leaving behind its name and hopefully its reputation. Less than 24 hours after a stabbing took place at the apartments, city leaders unveiled recent renovations and the complex’s new name – Romney Meadows.
Claystone at the Crossing was starting to drown the city with crime.
“It terrified me. It completely terrified me,” resident Paige Mills said.
But now, city officials are hoping to cut crime to carve a new future.
“These are new sinks – everything is new. I love it. All of this is beautiful,” resident Donna Booker said.
The complex is turning a new leaf, gaining a new name and, hopefully, a new reputation for people like Booker, who just want a safe place to call home.
“Mine feels like a home inside and outside,” Booker said.
Mills moved to the complex about year ago, when she was pregnant with her daughter Autumn.
“I didn’t want to be home alone with her,” she said. “I would keep my lights on at night because I was completely terrified.”
Now, her home is energy efficient, has new appliances, and is secured with cameras.
“I have better locks on my doors and windows,” said Mills. “It’s completely wonderful to sleep peacefully at night.”
Mayor Tony Roswarski said the revitalization efforts are a step in the right direction for making Lafayette a safer community. But he realizes it will take time.
“I’m a realist,” Roswarski said. “I know all of a sudden you don’t just unveil a new name and there’s not going to be anything that’s going to happen. It’s going to be a process.”
It’s a process Romney Meadow residents and staff are ready to take on.
Hans Juhle, a managing member with Integra Property, said this project is similar to turning a big ship around.
“It doesn’t happen quickly, and all you can do is to keep the pressure on,” Juhle said.
Romney Meadows is now a place many don’t plan to leave any time soon.
“It’s come a long way, and I am very proud to live here,” Mills said.
To increase security at the complex, cameras and outdoor lighting were added to all of the buildings.
There will be a day care, family resources and a playground all on site.