Hope Presbyterian buys apartment complex in hopes of making a difference - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Hope Presbyterian buys apartment complex in hopes of making a difference

Bringing an entire apartment complex back to life is a monumental task.  But the members of Hope Presbyterian Church are up for the challenge.
"This is a big step of faith for us. We are going out on a limb and trying to make as big a difference as we can," Terry Hoff said.

The church recently bought the old Cedar Court Apartments on North 7th Street. What used to be home to more than 100 families is now a broken down eyesore.

But not for long. 

On Saturday volunteers began a massive cleanup.  Clearing out what former apartment dwellers left behind.
"We take pride in where we live and we want to share that pride in the community even in these challenged areas like this," Dale Kennedy said.

But before anyone can move in, 114 units must be renovated. 
"I hope to see these apartments look much better than this and I'm glad to help because most kids wouldn't do something like this," Jasmine Sims said.
The complex was once up for sale for more than a million dollars.  A church member happened to be at a foreclosure auction a few weeks ago and bought the entire place for less than $300,000.

The Oasis of Hope ministry has been helping families in this part of Memphis for more than 5 years. 

Cedar Court has been renamed Maureen Manor. 

The complex has seen better days.  But better days are ahead, because of an effort to take back the neighborhood.

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