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BAMBERG -- Frances Montgomery left home for a regular day's work and returned that night to a brand new kitchen and bathroom, complete with new cabinets, appliances, floors and other facilities.

“We love it!” Montgomery said. “When somebody comes in, it’s oh so beautiful -- it’s like it’s just been built.”

The Bamberg East Apartments on Creekside Drive recently underwent a major overhaul inside and out through the efforts of owners Jay and Virgil Hicks and Boyd Management Inc.

According to Megg Sparkes of the Boyd Company, the renovation of 24 units was made possible with a $905,000 loan through U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

“We provided every resident with new appliances, new kitchen cabinets, new bathtubs, new plumbing, new flooring and electrical fixtures,” Sparkes said.

The rapid renovation was a part of “the Big Push,” or a move to remodel the interior of an apartment in one day.

The outside renovation included new siding, roofing, landscaping, patios and air conditioning from August through December, 2018, Sparkes said.

This also brought the property up to state housing standards for accessibility purposes that weren’t required when the building was first constructed back in 1982.

Montgomery, who has lived in the apartment for four years, said she especially enjoys the landscaping.

They took up all the old shrubbery, put in new plants and paved the parking lot, she said.

“It looks so awesome – more like a home now,” she said.

Montgomery noted that the color of the carpet was a  major improvement over the old one.

A group of residents, Bamberg city officials and employees of Boyd Management celebrated the completion of the renovations with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.

Bamberg Mayor Nancy Foster, Bamberg County Chamber of Chamber President Frances Johnson, Site Director Annette Crum and Sparkes took part in the ceremony.

The Hicks were unable to attend because of a prior engagement.

Boyd Company, located in Columbia, oversees more than 350 sites throughout the Southeast.

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