Christine Lee, Grand Prairie Reporter, NBC 5 News
A local apartment manager is on a mission to clean up her neighborhoods one apartment complex at a time.
An apartment manager has been on a mission to clean up her neighborhoods, one apartment complex at a time.
Lavada Lozano has been managing properties for more than 20 years throughout the Dallas area. She said she's seen it all. "Drug abuse, we're talking about, people who just don't want to pay rent. People who move in and they really shouldn't be there," she said.
At one of the locations Lozano said she was asked to temporary care for a couple of young children belonging to former tenants. A short term task became permanent when she decided to adopt them.
"If they grow up with love, they're going to give love in return," she said. Lovano is hoping to complete the adoption process for the 7 and 8-year-olds by the end of March.
The 58-year-old is a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. For the past month she has been managing the Greenhill Apartments in Grand Prairie. Officer Chris Bardwell said Lovano contacted them and wanted to team up. "She said that over a course of time she is wanting to paint the place, and get rid of some illegal activity, and wanted some police help," he said.
Officer Bardwell said he was amazed at Lovano's willingness to do so much and go places where few others would go. "You don't see it every day. It kind of just makes you wonder that there are people out there like her that will go above and beyond and then some," he said.