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Kokomo apartment complex hit by 2016 tornado reopens new units

Kokomo apartment complex hit by 2016 tornado reopens new units
Posted at 7:57 PM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 19:57:50-04

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana apartment complex ravaged by a 2016 tornado has reopened its first renovated units more than two years after that storm.

About three dozen one-bedroom units reopened last week in one building at Park Place Apartments, which was condemned after the August 24, 2016, storm roared through Kokomo, leaving four of its apartment buildings in shambles.

MAP | The 8 tornadoes that hit central Indiana in August 2016 

Property manager Pam Reed says the kitchen walls have been removed in every unit to give them a more spacious feel. Each unit has new cabinets, bathrooms and appliances.

Park Place owner Gabriel Naranjo say the entire apartment complex should reopen sometime next year in the city about 40 miles north of Indianapolis.

WATCH | Videos capture the violent tornado outbreak across central Indiana

Naranjo says that dealing with insurance and construction timelines slowed down the $20 million project.

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