Del City neighborhood plagued by crime is getting a facelift

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DEL CITY, Okla. - Officials say they’re still in the early stages of their re-development program for a part of one Oklahoma town.

However, residents say they've already seen a big difference since an apartment building was leveled.

Mark Williams says his Del City neighborhood has been plagued with crime for years.

He says it all started with the Eagle Point Apartments, which were abandoned for nearly a decade.

"We actually had residents falling through the floors," said Tom Leatherbee, the community services director for Del City.

Leatherbee said the city stepped in, but the problems didn't stop there.

"After the apartment complex was closed, that’s when vagrants moved in and they stripped every bit of metal out of the entire complex. They even took the stairways,"Leatherbee said.

Williams says he was worried about living in the neighborhood.

"I was really thinking about moving, man, because I didn’t feel safe, you know," Williams said.

Now, the apartment building has been leveled.

"It’s kind of made me want to stay," Williams said.

With new development plans on the table for the vacant lot, Leatherbee says he believes others will want to stay.

"Our intent is to put a first class shopping center on that lot and remove some of the adverse conditions that neighborhood has had to face, ever since those apartments were put where they were back in the late 1960s," he said.

Officials say although they have started the process, there’s still quite a bit of work left to be done.

Leatherbee says there aren't even blue prints available for what's planned, and they are still looking for a developer and retailers.

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