Tuscaloosa ribbon cutting opens senior housing to replace homes lost in 2011 tornado

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — One Tuscaloosa neighborhood is taking a major step forward in its comeback from the April 2011 tornadoes.

Thursday morning, Tuscaloosa city leaders and officials from the Department of Housing and Urban Development were on hand at the Rosedale Apartment Complex for a ribbon cutting.

Rosedale was decimated by the April 2011 tornado that killed nine people. Ever since 2011, the Housing Authority has replaced the original 188 units with 302 affordable housing units developed over three phases.

Doris Lewis, a resident of the complex, is glad to see her community coming together to help restore her neighborhood.

“I think it was sad that a storm had to come through and destroy this property, and life was lost,” Lewis said. “I am trying to quote someone: ‘After the storm daylight comes,’ and it is so beautiful what they have done.”

The new phase three project at Rosedale will be an elderly only phase for residents 62 and older. Rosedale one and two are multi-family developments.

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