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  • Tampa Business Renovates Once Run-down, Graffitied, Crime-haven Apartments into Community Gem

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    October 16, 2014
    Tampa business renovates once run-down, graffiti’d, crime-haven apartments into community gem

    Tampa living gets clean-up, restoration and new beginning
    Tampa, Fla. – 4205 S. Manhattan Avenue in Tampa is where a 24-unit apartment complex sat empty for the past eight years; like many other buildings in our area. Faced with graffiti, crime, drug-dealing and homelessness, the surrounding South Tampa neighbors of this building were praying for a change to happen before things got even worse. Now, their prayers have been answered.
    Like many concerned citizens, Tampa resident, Michael Hooper, owner of Rent The Bay, a property management organization, gathered his business partners and decided to make a difference in an area that much needed improvement.
    “South Tampa is such a treasure to the Tampa Bay,” explains Hooper.  “It was a shame to see the structure distress the area with crime and decreased property values.”
    Through the years, several experienced real estate investors attempted to rehab the building, but each failed due to the structure’s severe damage. The most experienced in the industry determined that the building had no chance for survival, but Hooper and his team had what the others didn’t; perseverance.
    The team of three partners, additionally including Lee Fraley and Brent Brown, together make Keystone Manhattan Apartments LLC. They decided to start from scratch, with the vision of transforming the structure into a stunning asset to the community.
    After navigating through exhausting hurdles of permit violations and structural challenges, the three partners started with demolition and removal of essentially all interior structures. They built, piece-by-piece, a now beautiful apartment complex, and its neighbors are rejoicing.
    “The apartments now have granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and are truly beautiful. We are providing South Tampa with nothing but the very best,” says Hooper.
    The Manhattan Luxury Apartments will be hosting a community Ribbon Cutting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. A full move-in for residents will be available starting Nov. 1, 2014.
    “The new tenants will reflect the sparkling new structure,” says Hooper. The apartment property will be managed by Rent The Bay, as Hooper feels personal pride in seeing this project bloom to completion. Hooper assures that all tenants will have strict background checks and all complex activities will be closely monitored.
    “Lee Fraley and I are best friends since childhood,” says Hooper. “We played tennis against each other at competing high schools.  Brent just joined us last year as a new partner on this project and a few others we are working on. All three of us want to help our communities flourish into safer, cleaner and more pleasant places to live.”