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Mason Estates project complete

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- At the corner of Masonic and Horseshoe Drives sits a project that's a mixture of both old and new, and now- it's open for new residents. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton gives us sneak peak at Mason Estates.

It's nearly five years in the making, but now the historic project known as Mason Estates is finished.

"We try to maintain the feel and the essence of the building and I think we've captured that pretty well here," says Roger Landry, of GWL Construction, LLC.

There are six new buildings on the property, but the centerpiece is the old Masonic Children's Home, where Regina Greene lived from the age of six.

"Walking in you can definitely tell that they've made changes but you can also feel the Masonic Home," says Greene.

The home has been fully renovated; However, many historic aspects still remain- giving each unit it's own personality.

"We tried to retain an original wall whether it was brick, plaster, pink, blue, whatever color. Much of the original floors were retained whether they were hardwood," adds Landry.

A project this big has sparked a lot of curiosity in the community, so they're holding an open house for anyone who wants to take a look.

"It'll be a great opportunity for the public to come and take tours of the property and that may be interested in living here or that can spread the word that we're open and now leasing," says property manager Dee Davis.

It will also be an opportunity for Regina and the other former residents to meet again in a historic building they once called home, that will now serve as the home for new Cenla Residents.

"Everybody was so excited to be able to see each other again after so many years so I said we could kind of have a reunion of sorts while we're here."

In a historic building they once called home, that will now serve as the home for new Cenla residents for years to come.

The open house will be held Saturday, February 22nd from 11 am- 3 PM. It's free and open to the public.

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