Move-in day part of Clay Co. project

HENRIETTA, TX (KAUZ) - It was move-in day for several Texomans as they entered Bearcat country on Friday.

The City of Henrietta opened up their newest apartment complexes for residents.

The new tenants signed their lease and moved in. New tenants like Mindy Peden who moved back to her hometown 20 years later.

The Peden name may be familiar to many Bearcats. Her grandfather used to own a popular restaurant, Brand P Farm, several years ago.

She is one of eight new resident's at the city's newest apartment complex, Abbington Vista.

"I was excited, ready to start a new adventure," Peden said.

She was not the only one.

"It's the first day that we release the units for building three and [people] were very thrilled and were ready to get those phone calls on Tuesday and Wednesday letting them know they can come and receive their keys on Friday," Kori Brown leasing representative.

The apartment complex is part of an economic development project the city has been working on for several years.

The first step was to bring more jobs that is something Henrietta's Economic Development Director, Rick Langford, said they have been successful at.

"In order to support those jobs, we need a workforce, to have a workforce in your community you have to have houses in them to live in," Langford said. "We kind of had a shortage."

Langford said the complex may just be the solution. It was the answer Peden was looking for when she decided to move near her loved ones, once again.

"I think that there is no other better feeling than being with your family so I'm really excited."

Brown said by the end of the week more than a dozen new residents will relocate to Henrietta.

The apartment complex has 48-floor plans and Brown said it will be 25-percent filled by the end of the week.

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