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Residents of condemned apartments receive help from group to relocate

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Oakview apartments, condemned earlier this week, will be the new location for a multimillion dollar community center on Spartanburg's north side (FOX Carolina) Oakview apartments, condemned earlier this week, will be the new location for a multimillion dollar community center on Spartanburg's north side (FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The fate of a condemned Spartanburg apartment complex is now clear: It is going to make way for a new community center after the city purchased it from a New York billionaire for $2 million. 

But what about its residents?

Northside Development Group, which is turning the Oakview Apartments property into a multi-million dollar community center says they are helping people with relocation, providing options for housing based on residents needs, as well as vouchers and relocation funds.  

They said they are also helping people out of work find jobs. 

Some residents tell us they are frustrated with the transition, but that they are hopeful it will all turn out all right. 

"Trying to find a new house is hectic," said Charlotte Haigler, who has lived at Oakview for a year. ""It's really hard to find somewhere..."

"We have been working with the Oakview residents very intentionally and intensely over the past twelve months," said Northside Development Group's project manager Tammie Hoy Hawkins. 

One woman said the help provided by Northside Development was key to getting her a new place to live. 

"At first it was a little frustrating," said Anne Waters, who lived at Oakview with her 9-year-old son after being homeless for a time. "Eventually, I was able to find a wonderful place to live," she said. She urged residents frustrated to keep an open line of communication with Northside Development Group and with city officials, to take advantage of the aid they are offering to displaced residents. 

The property was condemned by the city who earlier this week bought the land. 

Residents have until January to find a new place to live.

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