ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque apartment complex is getting a new shot at life after being haunted by fires, countless other problems and the death of a little girl.
The complex now rising from the ashes is truly living up to its new name, The Phoenix.
On Tuesday morning the Pat Hurley neighborhood welcomed the rebuilt and renamed apartments with a ribbon cutting.
It's a bright day for a place with a very dark past.
In 2007 an early morning fire started by candles led to the death of an 8-year-old girl at what was then called the Western Palisades Apartments. Investigators saying faulty smoke detectors may be to blame.
Then, in 2010 during cold weather, 10 people were hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning. The city says broken heaters had forced residents to use their stoves to keep warm until repairs could be made. Ninety-four residents were evicted.
And most recently in 2012, the Western Palisades was under renovation when a fire broke out totaling two of the four buildings.
Developers and the city say Tuesday starts a new chapter.
"This place has a storied history, much of it not very happy, but some parts of it like today, very happy," said Robin Dozier of the city's Family and Community Services Department.
The renovation will give 32 families a place to call home, and the building will be certified a crime-free complex.
The long-term plan for The Phoenix is to remain affordable, renting most of the units to lower-income families.
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