It’s not easy to take over a huge apartment community with security issues, and quickly turn things around. But Fieldstone Propeties prides itself on doing just that. Having cleaned up a large community in New Jersey, they are now focusing on Franklin Park, built decades ago as Springhill Lake, in Greenbelt, MD just north of the University of Maryland-College Park.
Since taking over the ownership and management of the community last year, Fieldstone Properties has worked closely with local authorities to reduce crime by over 30 percent, including an 11 percent reduction in the first quarter of 2011. Franklin Park at Greenbelt Station is located in Prince George’s County, MD just outside Washington, D.C. and has 2,877 rental apartments and townhomes.
“Fieldstone Properties and the Greenbelt Police Department share a robust partnership in providing a safe place to reside,” said Greenbelt Police Chief Jim Craze. “Overall crime at Franklin Park is down 11 percent in the first quarter of 2011, with a remarkable reduction of 50 percent in robbery. These reductions can be directly traced to the presence of a Community Policing Officer assigned full-time to the neighborhood, other directed patrols in the area, and diligent, proactive management of the property.”
“The future is bright.” Chief Craze added. “From every indication, further reductions can be expected.”
Tim White is the Community Policing Officer assigned full-time to Franklin Park. Fieldstone Properties has provided him with an office, direct access to its tenant database, and a golf cart for patrolling the 153-acre property. “The golf cart is so quiet that people don’t hear me coming,” he said. “Some people don’t like that.” Officer White provides tenants with his cell phone number, email address, and an anonymous tip line. Aiding Officer White’s work are new community-wide security improvements, including call boxes and security camera enhancements.
Fieldstone Properties is focusing on improving safety and security while investing $15 million to renovate the community’s nearly 3,000 apartments, common grounds, and tenant amenities. “We are committed to providing safe, modern, convenient, and affordable workforce housing for military personnel, government employees, veterans, and students,” said Debbie Dillon, Executive Vice President, Fieldstone Properties.
Franklin Park offers rent discounts and other incentives for those who protect and serve, including the military, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and firefighters.