ORANGE CITY — After putting tax credits to work, an affordable housing complex has a new name and a new look.

Residents of Orange City Flats, formerly known as the Villas of Orange City, celebrated Tuesday morning the $10.5 million in renovations.

“Everybody likes their new porch,” said Fran Alioto, a resident since 2001.

The complex received the funds via a Section 515 loan by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Housing and Community Facilities Programs Office, said Marie Collins, community manager of Orange City Flats.

In addition to porches, the 96 units at 2515 Enterprise Road were set up with Energy Star appliances and roofing, additional fans and smoke detectors, new flooring, new siding and refinished driveways, said Shane Sarver, of Tri-Star Affordable Development.

Sarver thanked everyone involved in the project including the residents.

“We appreciate your patience and everything you’ve done and had to withstand,” Sarver said.

Crews were able to do the work, which began in September, without causing a significant inconvenience to the residents, said Kenneth Shaw, regional property manager with American Apartment Management Company, Inc.

“Occasionally we might have to ask someone to leave for the day or have their family come get them for a week when we were doing strenuous stuff,” Shaw said.

Orange City Flats, which caters to low-income residents 62 and older or with disabilities, was built in the early 1980s, according to property records.

The renovations funded by the tax credits “enabled it to have a new life,” Shaw said. “To see it today, it doesn’t look 35 years old.”

There isn’t a lot of turnover in the now bright blue complex, so the property has a five- to seven-year wait-list.

Sarver said they’ll soon look into improving pedestrian crossing near the entrance, and there are funds available to address any issues that may arise in the future.