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Springfield apartment complex reopens after 2011 tornado

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

It has been nearly two and a half years since the tornado of 2011 destroyed parts of the city's South End.

Saturday, one of those buildings that was evacuated held an open house.

The apartment complex at 71 Adams Street, which is part of the Cross Town Corners properties, was back open for business.

Home City Housing said millions of dollars were spent to renovate all eight apartments after the tornado tore off the building's roof, as well as part of the fourth floor.

The property manager told CBS 3 that the previous occupants had little time to react after the tornado.

"All of our residents were outside, nervous, they didn't know what to do," said Brenda Garcia. "Once we saw the police, they told them that they could come in for five minutes and get the most important things that they needed and then everyone was evacuated."

With the open house on Saturday, the complex is once again ready for tenants.

All of the apartments are two bedroom, one bathroom, and management said they have a lot to offer.

"We just finished fully rehabbing the property at Adams Street and it's beautiful," said Garcia. "We rehabbed it with new cabinets, new everything and now we're just looking forward to renting it to families that need a place to live."

Home City Housing is planning another open house for their Adams Street property next Sunday, Dec. 15.

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