MLK apartment nearing completion in downtown Tucson

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The Martin Luther King name is making its way back to downtown Tucson. The new MLK tower is close to completion.

Jeff Strom, 42, can see his new home from the 14th floor of the Tucson House.

"I was forced to move to the Tucson House," said Strom.

He's been living in the Tucson House for the last 4 years, but this November that's all about to change.  "I can't wait to move, to go back," said Strom.

Strom's going back to a new and improved MLK apartment building worth $23 million, in the heart of downtown Tucson.

The new MLK tower is 7 stories tall and has 68 units, and the city says it's top of the line public housing.

"The idea is to make public housing like other housing in the community," said Albert Elias from the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Mission accomplished.  Inside, the elderly and the disabled will have one bedroom apartments; complete with kitchens and handicap accessible amenities. Not to mention a computer room, entertainment center, and community space and that's only the first floor.  The view from the top isn't too bad either.

When asked about the look of the new building, at least one Tucson resident did not think it looked like public housing.  "Not at all.  Looks very good.  I was wondering when I could move in. "

"It's a win win for the residents and the community," said Elias.  And maybe even more importantly, its a win for Jeff Strom.  "I'm counting down the days until I can move back," said Strom.

Officials say the project is 80% done.

Residents can start the move sometime between November 1 and November 15.