Boulevard North Townhomes, located at 1936 167th Street in Hammond, was recognized as the year’s best Renovated and/or Repurposed Community during the President's Dinner on the final day of the annual Midwest Multifamily Exhibition and Education Conference, where the Indiana Apartment Association celebrates the accomplishments of member apartment communities and management companies.
This annual event is held in Indianapolis at the end of October, and Boulevard North Townhomes Property Manager Raquel Shamble has attended the last four years.
“We decided to submit an entry because we are so proud of our property,” she said. “Entries are submitted from all over the state, so it was definitely a surprise when they read our name. It says a lot not only for our property, but for Hammond as well.”
Shamble has been the onsite Property Manager at Boulevard North Townhomes for three and a half years now. When she came on board, In Good Company was the new management company, and they were ready to make some big changes.
“The owners put the time and energy and money into this property to make it a great community - they removed a lot of overgrown trees and shrubbery and installed dusk to dawn security lighting, closed down one of the entrances to make it more secure and private for residents, they replaced all of the plexiglass basement windows with glass block so people felt safe in their homes, they put in all-new steel panel back doors, and they completely gutted and updated the kitchens and bathrooms – we’re about 93% complete with that,” she explained.
“At the same time, we completely changed our screening process and also worked closely with the Hammond Police Department to deter crime in the neighborhood. When you look at the statistics, crime in Hammond has dropped considerably over the last four years, and we definitely see the results here. The apartment community is completely different. It’s changed a lot. The residents are much more family oriented. That’s not to say that we don’t still have some longtime residents here. Some people have been here for 40 years, and they chose to stay and renew because they see all the changes.”
Boulevard North Townhomes was built in 1953 and has 118 units.