HUD funds to boost apartment safety
By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two subsidized housing complexes in the Eastern Panhandle were awarded Department of Housing and Urban Development grants totaling $236,000 to improve safety and security.
A HUD Drug Elimination Grant of $124,382 was recently approved for Franklin Manor Apartments in Martinsburg and $112,367 for the Apple Tree Garden Apartments in Ranson, W.Va., according to Greg Griffin, senior property manager for Humphrey Management of Silver Spring, Md.
Griffin said recently the money will be used to install additional exterior lighting, video surveillance equipment and fencing at the two apartment complexes. He said the fencing would be a decorative wrought iron designed to deter trespassing and control traffic, but the communities will not be gated.