When Claystone at the Crossing was purchased by new management, there was a lot of work to be done to improve the property. Combined with a generally low public perception, the physical infrastructure of the buildings was also called into question. There was no doubt going into this project that the improvements at Romney Meadows would be a complete overhaul.
To the credit of management, recent renovations at the property have given the community a much-needed update.
Construction on a new clubhouse office began in late summer of 2016. Though this is certainly a huge benefit for the staff at Romney Meadows, it is also a huge benefit for the residents. For starters, any improvements at Romney Meadows that can help the staff better serve the residents will bode well with the community. Additionally, the old offices will be donated to the Bauer Head Start Program. Bauer currently resides in a section of the clubhouse and provides early childhood development programs, primarily to the Romney Meadows community. Once the new offices are completed, Bauer will have full use of the old offices, allowing the organization to accommodate and provide educational resources for even more children.
With 18 ADA (disability compliant) apartment units on the property, it was very important for management to be able to cater to individuals using those units. Claystone was proudly accommodating of residents with disabilities, but unfortunately, their infrastructure didn’t reflect that. That’s why refinishing the blacktop and sidewalks at Romney Meadows was so important. Before renovations, it might have been difficult for those with disabilities to navigate the broken and cracked sidewalks and pavement. That problem is sure to be resolved at the completion of the property renovation.
Management at Romney Meadows made a commitment to offer residents a more sustainable living environment. All of the property’s appliances were upgraded to power-conscious Energy Star appliances. Additionally, each unit has been updated with low-energy lighting. The lighting requires less energy and will result in less maintenance.
In addition to these improvements, the interior of the units received cosmetic and logistic upgrades. The improved units feature vinyl flooring, in some rooms, and new countertops and cabinets.
Management took things a step further by adding improved insulation and ventilation. Though the residents won’t see those two changes, it is simply further proof that management has committed to creating a high-quality living environment that will save money for the property and the residents.
When it’s all said and done, the improvements are just as much about promoting sustainability as they are about making this a desireable community to live in. As property manager LaTonya Fleming says, “At the end of the day, a new countertop can make a person feel good.”
To top it all off, Claystone was given a new name — Romney Meadows. Romney Meadows is not where more than 300 families live; it’s where over 300 families call home.