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New Building In Southeast D.C. Transforms Neighborhood

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A failed housing project in Southeast D.C. is re-opening as a symbol of neighborhood revitalization.

For years, Parkside Terrace loomed over the Washington Highlands neighborhood in Southeast. The 12-story high-rise was a haven for drugs, crime, and other problems until it was shut down in 2005.

At a ribbon cutting earlier today, nearly a dozen city leaders celebrated the building's $73 million extreme make-over. The Overlook at Oxon Hill, as the building is now known, has been completely rehabbed; a sleek, stylish orange and white patchwork now graces its facade.

On the inside, there are brand new rooms with hi-speed internet and energy saving appliances. More than half of the building's 316 apartments are designated for low-income seniors. The rest are for small families, especially those headed by government workers.

Patrick Madden reports...

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