A newly renovated affordable housing building is now open in Hilo.
Hundreds gathered for the grand reopening of Riverside Apartments Wednesday.
The 75-unit building on Ohai Street was previously at risk of being condemned due to severe deterioration and erosion of nearby Wailuku River bank.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development fast tracked the project and the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation provided a major portion of the financing so developer Urban Housing Communities could begin the deep rehabilitation of the project in 2014.
The project involved stabilizing the riverbank and upgrading all building systems. Exterior re-design included sustainable siding and energy efficient windows. A tot lot picnic area and edible native landscaping were added to the grounds.
Residents moved back into their apartments that were updated with new Energy Star appliances and lighting, rustic hard surface flooring and wood cabinetry.
Twenty 16-foot murals inspired by the Wailuku River were painted in common areas by Hilo artist Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides.