Knowing the area was in need of housing, Diamond Pointe Apartments is now ready to fill that void for the community.
"We broke ground in June of 2011 and here we are having people sleeping in the first building already," said Al Clapps, managing partner of the apartments.
Clapps and four other partners used market research to find that the Williamsport area was in a real need for housing units. He said the influx of gas workers and seniors downsizing are some reasons why a large apartment complex was needed.
"We wanted to reach a broad segment of the people in the housing market," Clapps said. "We have people from the gas industry in there. We have young professionals in there."
Diamond Pointe held an open house recently and Dottie White, leasing representative, said there was about 150 guests who toured the apartments.
"It was a great mix of people," Clapps said.
"There's a lot of opportunity for a variety of people," said White.
They offer single-bedroom and two-bedroom units in two separate buildings - each building has 18 singles and six 2-bedroom units ranging from 776 square feet to 1,260 square feet. The first building is open and still has some rooms left for rent.
"Building one is filling up extremely fast. Pretty soon We're going to be starting a waiting list," said Clapps.
Building two is expected to be ready for tenants to move in by early spring.
"Our goal is by May our facility will be 100 percent," Clapps said.
Those interested in living in a Diamond Pointe apartment can choose a furnished or unfurnished unit.
"When we say it's furnished, we mean right down to the salt and pepper shakers," Clapps said.
One thing that makes the buildings different from other apartments is their use of technology.
"When the partners decided to do this, we wanted to be very cutting edge," Clapps said.
Instead of having tenants forget their keys and need to be left in by a landlord, those living at Diamond Pointe use a four-digit code to unlock their doors. Residents also have access to wi-fi and washer and dryers in each apartment.
Another feature is being able to make maintenance requests for non-emergency situations online. Clapps said this helps tenants because they no longer have to call or try and find a maintenance worker while working different schedules.
"We've got people that sleep during the day and work during the night ... the world's not nine to five anymore," he said.
Applications can also be filled out on the company's website, if potential tenants would like.
But with everything, Clapps said it comes down to making sure their customers are satisfied.
"Our goal is for tenant satisfaction," he said. "If we have satisfied tenants, they stay. If we don't have tenants then we have a problem."
To set up a personal tour with Diamond Pointe, call White at 60-14397.
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Dottie White, leasing representative, gets ice out of the freezer in one of the new apartments.
Dottie White, leasing representative, gets water from the sink in one of the new apartments. Tenants can choose furnished or unfurnished apartments at Diamond Pointe.
Dottie White, leasing representative, looks over a rental agreement in one of the new apartments. Diamond Pointe Apartments offer single and two-bedroom units.
Mark Stuart, operation manager, looks over a rental agreement with Dottie White, leasing representative. Those wishing to fill out an application for an apartment can do so on Diamond Pointe's website, diamondpointeapartments.com.