It’s been almost a full year, but residents of the Nevada Courthouse View Apartment building finally have their home restored and are moving back in. According to the Nevada, IA, CBS affiliate KCCI, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday (Dec. 30) to mark the reopening of the apartment complex since a fire put it out of commission last Feb. 19.
Phil and Paula Page have owned the building for more than 40 years and have spent the last 11 months working diligently to get the complex back up and serviceable, including some upgrades.
“I never would have imagined we’d get into this amount of work,” Phil Page told AmesTribune.com. “I kind of felt like this (building) is a part of Nevada and needs to be restored.”
A kitchen fire was the cause of the smoke and fire damage last year, but the owners hope that the new improvements to the apartments fire alarm system and smoke dampers will prevent any sort of similar incident in the future. Phil credits his son, Aaron, for much of the work that’s been done to get the apartment back up and running.
In addition to the fire system upgrades, the Pages also improved upon the plumbing throughout the building. Additionally, bathroom fixtures and closets now include more modern storage design to make them more functional.
The entire building has also been outfitted with CAT5 so residents can have the opportunity for other audio-visual networking, along with regular cable. CAT5 cable is used for networks and multi-line phone systems, has a maximum frequency of 100 MHz, and can transmit up to 10/100/1000Mbps.
An assortment of other interior design renovations like new drywall, paint, LED lights, and flooring are also present thanks to Aaron and the worker he enlisted.
“Thanks to the expertise of our various contractors and friends, such as Roger Sampson the work was able to get done,” Aaron Page said. “We were fortunate to get the help we have from these contractors, since construction seems to be booming in central Iowa and everyone has been so busy.”