Grilling up Delicious Memorial Day Meals That Your Taste Buds Crave

memorial day meals

memorial day meals

Summer’s coming. It’s time to fire up the grill!

Due to the fire code, we can’t have gas or charcoal grills on our patios and decks, but you can have an electric grill. Or, head over to our park to grill up some of these wonderful recipes on our charcoal grills.

Worcestershire Glazed Burgers

Hamburgers are to summer like hot dogs are to baseball games. Of course, there are many fun and creative ways to spice up your burgers for a new experience.

Take these Worcestershire Glazed Burgers, for instance. Grill up your hamburger patties, basting them with Worcestershire sauce every so often. Assemble them with your favorite buns and toppings such as lettuce, tomato, cheese, and pickles.

Marinated Chicken and Onion Kebabs

How about trying something unique this summer? This Indian-inspired Chicken and Onion Kebab recipe will give you something fun to try.

It’s pretty simple. Just mix up the sauce made from yogurt and Indian spices and let your chicken marinate in it for 15 minutes. Skewer the chicken bits alternately with big slices of onion and pop it on the grill.

Eat it with naan (traditional Indian flatbread) for the most authentic flavor!

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

Anything tastes better when it’s wrapped in bacon, right? We think you’ll agree once you try bacon-wrapped hot dogs. What’s more, you don’t have to be a grill master to whip these babies up. Simply wrap your hot dogs in bacon and toss them on the grill.

Add any number of creative toppings to create a variety of flavors. Try pineapple and scallions, avocado and hot sauce, Jalapeños and cream cheese, or simply smother it in cheddar cheese. Regardless of what you choose, your taste buds will thank you.

Grilled Tempeh Salad

Just because it’s a grill doesn’t mean you have to grill meat on it. There are plenty of scrumptious vegan dishes that can be made on a grill. Check out this Grilled Tempeh Salad with peaches and pistachios, for example.

Simply marinate and grill the tempeh and the peaches. Lay them on a bed of greens with the homemade dressing, tofu feta, and a sprinkle of pistachios and voila! A gourmet, grilled, vegan meal that anyone would love!

Grilling Up Your Summer Meals

Here at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments, residents are welcome to use the grills in our park for their summer meal creations. You can get outside and enjoy a little fresh air and sunshine. If you prefer to stay closer to your kitchen, you are also welcome to set up an electric grill (please no gas or charcoal grills) on your patio.

For those of you looking for an apartment community that allows grilling, give us a call. We’ll be happy to show you around!

Things to Do While Stuck Inside During the Coronavirus Quarantine

stuck inside

stuck inside

Effective March 25, the state of Indiana is under a directive to stay indoors to help slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus. Most regions are under similar restrictions. And if you’ve been online at all, you might have noticed all your friends and relatives growing a little stir-crazy.

Most people aren’t used to being stuck inside for such a prolonged period of time. And by now, they’re quickly running out of things to keep themselves occupied. So to help stave-off cabin fever, here are our top suggestions to keep you occupied while social distancing.

Take Advantage of Remote Experiences

The sudden surge in coronavirus cases threw everyone for a loop. Not only are public places shuttered, but events planned months in advance needed to be canceled. However, some artists and performers are determined not to leave their fans hanging.

Performers such as Ben Folds and Pink have already organized remote performances for everyone to view. Many more are going online to try to brighten their fans’ stints in quarantine.

Many public institutions have likewise found ways to engage the public from afar. The Chicago Aquarium, for example, took the circumstances as an opportunity to let some of its inhabitants have some extra enrichment. Taking their resident penguins on a field trip around the aquarium, staff members recorded the whole thing for the public to enjoy.

Arrange a Digital Hangout

For many of us, the most difficult part of staying at home is not being separated from friends and loved ones. While there’s no real substitute for person-to-person contact, people all over the world are making do with the circumstances presented to them.

Many are turning to services like Skype or Zoom to arrange virtual hang-outs, happy hours, watch parties, or game nights.

And speaking of games, those too are helping friends overcome the distance separating them. The latest installment in Nintendo’s Animal Crossing series has already proved immensely popular, thanks in large part because it allows players to meet up in a laid-back environment.

Work Through Your Media Bucket List

Everyone has a stack of books or an untouched streaming queue that they’ve just been putting off because life gets in the way. Well, they say every cloud has a silver lining.

Whether you’ve been waiting to give a trending show a binge-watch or finally read some mammoth book series end-to-end, there is no time like the present.

The Most Important Thing While Stuck Inside is to Keep Occupied

These are strange, uncertain times for everyone. But we can at least take comfort in the knowledge that we’re stuck inside together. And together, we will see the other side of this.

In the meantime, keeping your mind active and occupied will help to keep your spirits high. In addition to these suggestions, it might help to think about things you’d like to do after this quarantine has come to an end.

For example, since you’ll be spending a lot of time indoors, you might find yourself thinking about making a few design changes. If you start getting tired of your decor, check out our guide on furnishing a modern apartment for ideas on how you can revitalize your living space.

Important COVID-19 Policies & Procedures Update

COVID-19 update May 2020

COVID-19 update May 2020

On Friday, May 1, 2020, Indiana Governor Holcomb announced a 5-stage plan with the aim of slowly decreasing restrictions and beginning to open businesses that have been closed since the shelter in place order was issued on March 23, 2020. The goal of the plan is to not jump right back in and open everything how it was but to slowly get back to how things were before. For full details of the governor’s plan, you can visit

At this time, Willow Creek Crossing office and maintenance will begin to decrease some of the restrictions that were implemented when the shelter in place order was issued. Please read below for how we plan to begin to re-open while still making every effort to minimize everyone’s exposure to potential germs:

  • Beginning May 4, 2020, maintenance will resume completing all types of work orders that are called into the office, whether it is an emergency or not. As a precaution, they will still be wearing their respirators and gloves while in your apartment. We will also still be asking if you have been sick or had a fever in the last two weeks, been exposed to anyone who has been sick or had a fever in the last two weeks, or if you have traveled anywhere in the last two weeks as a precaution.
  • Beginning May 4, 2020, the office will begin seeing residents by appointment only so that we are able to sanitize in between appointments for your safety and ours. The outside door to the building will be locked; please ring the doorbell to the left of the door when you arrive. We will have hand sanitizer available for you to use and we will seat you at one of the tables in the clubhouse; we ask that you do not come into the leasing office as we are keeping that for employees only for the time being. You must either call or e-mail prior to coming to the office and schedule your appointment.

Office and maintenance hours will be as follows:

Office hours: May 4th to May 17th Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Beginning May 18th Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Maintenance hours: May 4th to May 17th Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Beginning May 18th Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • There will be no semi-annual apartment inspections for May.
  • The fitness center will continue to be closed for May.
  • The swimming pools will be closed for the month of May. We hope to open in June depending on what the Board of Health recommends. The Mill Run pool will be closed for the season as it is going to be replaced this summer; however, we still hope to open the Lakeridge pool.

If you have been unable to work because of the COVID-19 virus, please contact the office so that we can make a payment arrangement with you. You will need to provide us with either a letter from your employer that you have been laid off or proof that you have filed for unemployment. We understand that this has been a difficult situation that has affected many of our residents and we want to do what we can to help.

We appreciate the patience and understanding that our residents have shown during this uncertain time and we can not thank you enough. We also appreciate how so many have come together and reached out to their fellow neighbors to check in with each other to make sure everyone is staying healthy and safe! If you have any questions, please call us at 260-747-7000 or e-mail us at We will keep you posted if there are any changes that need to be made to the new operating procedures listed above.

Love Your Apartment: What to Look for in a New Apartment

love your apartment

love your apartment

Did you know that owning your own home can cost way more than renting? That fact is what’s driving more Millennials to rent rather than buy in today’s market.

Renting is a great option for anyone who wants to save money, save time, and save themselves from a long-term commitment.

Are you interested in learning what to look for before getting your first apartment? Read on to learn about the top five crucial aspects to look for in an apartment before you say yes.

1. Location

You know you’ve heard it before — location, location, location! Location is often seen as one of the most important factors surrounding real estate.

Keep this in mind as you’re looking for your new apartment. What factors make up a good location? Consider these factors during your search:

  • How developed is the area around the apartment?
  • What is the neighborhood like?
  • Is delivery an option at the apartment?
  • Does the public bus stop near the community?

Getting a pizza delivered may not seem that important to you now. Despite that, you’ll want to consider it to ensure that you love your future apartment.

2. Resident Activities

Resident activities are a great way to strengthen a community and help residents create bonds. From resident appreciation parties to holiday parties, they are a great way to meet other neighbors as well as the apartment staff.

Getting to know your neighbors means you’ll have someone to turn to nearby if you need to borrow a cup of flour or need someone to bring in your paper if you’re going to be away.

3. Amenities

The next thing you need to consider is the amenities offered at the apartment community. The types of amenities a community offers can enrich your life and well-being. Research whether the apartment offers things like:

  • Laundry rooms
  • A swimming pool
  • Exercise equipment
  • A business center with internet
  • Playgrounds
  • Childcare areas
  • Jogging paths

Start your first apartment checklist and consider the amenities. You’ll want to verify you’ll be able to take care of your needs.

4. Policies and Procedures

Do you have pets? Do you have friends who stay over for weeks at a time?

If so, then you need to review the apartment’s policies and procedures. Make sure you and the leasing office will be comfortable with your lifestyle.

5. Resident Reviews

Finally, it’s a good idea to look at previous resident reviews of the apartment. You can usually find these types of reviews online.

Look for specific red flags like uncooperative management. Repairs that go unfixed are also a major concern. If the reviews make you feel uneasy, then it may be best to choose a different apartment.

Love Your Apartment and Love Your Life

Your apartment is your space. You want it to be as comfortable as possible. If you love your apartment, then you’ll love being at home. If you don’t, then coming home will be something you dread every day.

Are you looking for your first apartment in the Fort Wayne area? Take a tour of the apartments we have for rent at Willow Creek now to see if we’re a good match for you.

How to Move Heavy Objects up Stairs and Into Your 2nd Floor Apartment

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move heavy objects up stairs

In the United States, at least 36 million people live in apartments.

If you’re looking for a place to rent and call home, you should consider an apartment. If you already have lived in an apartment or helped someone move into an upstairs apartment, you know how difficult it can be.

One of the most difficult parts of living in an apartment can be to move heavy objects up stairs. Depending on the age and size of your appliances and furniture, they can be very heavy. The older something is, the more common it is for it to be heavy and made of sturdy wood or metal.

Living in an upstairs apartment has many benefits. You have a better view of your surroundings, you don’t have anyone stomping around on your ceiling, and you have more window privacy.

However, one of the most difficult parts of living in an apartment can be to move heavy objects up stairs like beds, sofas, and other furniture.

Save yourself some trouble and read our tips for moving heavy objects up stairs.

Move Heavy Objects up Stairs

If you’re moving into an upstairs apartment, you should know how to move heavy objects up stairs. If you don’t move them in the right way, you risk injury. Around 75% of back injuries occur from lifting. The heavier and more awkward a load is the more risk of injury there is.

If you’re moving into an upstairs apartment, you should know how to move heavy objects up stairs. If moved incorrectly, you risk injury. Around 75% of back injuries occur from lifting. The heavier and more awkward a load is the more risk of injury there is.

Here are techniques and some advice that will prevent you from becoming hurt.

1. Lift With Your Knees

Renting an apartment can be a lot of fun. When you go to move heavy objects up stairs, remember to bend with knee. To get the load up, don’t bend or twist your back. Lower your body and rise up using your legs to push. This will reduce the stress on your back.

2. Keep Loads Centered

If a load is heavy to one end, make sure someone is on that end. Don’t try to control too big a load with only two people. Shifting weight can harm you just as fast as heavyweight will. If the object you are lifting has moving parts, this can be dangerous if you aren’t prepared.

3. Team Lift Everything

Don’t try to tough out your move, and it isn’t necessary to do all the heavy lifting yourself. Make sure that you have a friend or roommate that can help you get the heavier objects up the stairs. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from neighbors either. Some things require more than even two people to get up.

4. Keep the Weight Forward

You want the weight forward, but not pulling on you. This means your back should never bend backward while you are carrying something heavy. If it does, you are putting incredible stress on the vertebrae and discs in your back. This can lead to crippling injury if you aren’t careful.

Once You’ve Moved In, Everything Is Okay

If you’re in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area and are looking for a place to stay, consider us at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments. We have one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and townhouse apartments ready to go. We offer amenities that you simply won’t get anywhere else.

If you’re in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area and are looking for a place to stay, consider us at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments. We have one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and townhouse apartments and offer amenities that you’ll love.

When you’re moving in, remember to move heavy objects up stairs safely. We don’t want you getting hurt when you should be having the time of your life. You can contact us or apply online. We look forward to seeing you.

Apartment Living Advice: 3 Tips on How to Work From Home Successfully

how to work from home successfully

how to work from home successfully

Working from home has already been becoming a trend in recent years. Remote work has grown by 44% in the last 5 years alone.

The current coronavirus crisis has accelerated this trend and will likely have a huge effect on what doing business looks like even after the lockdowns are lifted.

But working from home, especially if you don’t have space for a dedicated home office, is another type of work experience altogether. Read on for our top tips on how to work from your apartment successfully.

Set a Schedule

You don’t have to keep a rigid schedule, flexibility is one of the benefits of working from home. However, if most people don’t have some kind of guidelines, procrastination will become king and productivity will go out the window.

So, pick your best schedule. Maybe you like sticking with the 9-5 or 7-3 or 10-6. Maybe a few hours in the morning, with a long lunch and a few hours in the evening will work better for you. Some night owls might even find they prefer working after dinner. Regardless, find what works and stick to it and enjoy the ability to take an afternoon off here and there.

Create a Work Space

If you have an extra room to use as a home office, this is ideal. However, many people, particularly apartment dwellers, don’t have an entire room they can dedicate to work. If that’s the case, find a quiet corner in your space where you can set up a desk.

The kitchen table might be okay if you live alone. But if you live with your family or roommates, there will probably be too many distractions as people are in and out all day. Not to mention the snacks in the cupboard will be constantly calling to you.

The bedroom might be a better spot, in that case, but be sure to set up a separate space and don’t work from your bed. Your body and mind need to associate your bed with sleep, not work, or you might find that you won’t be able to turn off at night.

Once you have a good spot, invest in a quality, ergonomic chair, and set up your space as ergonomically as possible to ease the stress on your body.

Set Boundaries

If you live with other people, you need to set boundaries. Without boundaries, you will find yourself being distracted all day and your productivity will tank. Set up work hours during which everyone knows they need to pretend you’re not home.

If you have kids, this might not be fully possible. However, you can still layout rules about what they can and can’t ask you for during your work hours.

Mastering How to Work from Home Successfully

We hope these tips for working remotely help you to learn how to work from home successfully. Whether by choice or due to the coronavirus, working from home is a viable option for many people that saves time and helps them lead happy productive lives.

It’s also a fantastic option for people with a bit of a nomadic spirit. They can easily move to a new apartment when their lease is up without having to think about their commute!

Are you looking for a new apartment in Fort Wayne? Check out our apartments for rent here at Willow Creek Crossing Apartments today!

Important Update Regarding COVID-19 Policies and Procedures



On Monday, March 23, 2020, the Governor of Indiana issued a directive for Hoosiers to stay at home effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020 and will remain in effect during that time period unless otherwise rescinded, modified, or extended. Only travel or work that is considered “Essential” is permitted. You will still be allowed to leave your home for groceries, prescriptions, obtain health care, take care of others or go to an essential job; for a full listing, visit

At this time Willow Creek Crossing will only be entering apartments if there is a maintenance emergency. We will continue to keep office and maintenance staff on the property from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the shelter in place order and will continue to have after-hour emergency maintenance.

Maintenance emergencies are considered as follows:

  • A major appliance not working such as a stove, fridge, garbage disposal, washer, or dryer
  • No power to all or part of an apartment, or other electrical issue
  • A plumbing leak such as a sink, toilet, or tub; a slow or non-draining tub/sink or a drain that has water backing up into it
  • No hot water
  • No heat
  • Locked out of your apartment
  • Fire (first call 911 and make sure everyone is out of the apartment)

While maintenance is in your apartment for emergency maintenance, they will be wearing a respirator and gloves. We ask that you adhere to the social distancing guidelines and stay at least 6 feet away or that you are in another room while maintenance makes any repairs.

The leasing office will be open by appointment only. You can contact us by phone or e-mail and we will respond as quickly as possible but ask your patience as we will have limited staff in the office. Our phone number is (260) 747-7000 and our e-mail is We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and we hope that everyone stays safe and healthy.

We will continue to update you as policies continue to change.

Important Message Regarding COVID-19

covid-19 update

covid-19 update

Amid the ever-changing COVID-19 outbreak we are doing our best to create new policies in order to keep both our residents and staff safe as we navigate this unfortunate circumstance. We are doing our best to stay as up to date as possible as new information about the virus becomes available. We are watching both local and national government updates and mandates and, as our policies change, we will do our best to keep you up to date. For your safety, and ours, we will be implementing the following guidelines and procedures during this time:

* We ask that you do not come into the leasing office, maintenance shop, or clubhouse, whether you are sick or not. If you have a question or concern you can call the office at
(260) 747-7000 during regular business hours or leave a message and we will return your phone call as soon as possible. You can also e-mail us at

* If you are sick and you have a maintenance request, we will not be entering your apartment, unless it is an emergency. Examples of an emergency are as follows: A water leak; no heat; a major appliance (stove, fridge, garbage disposal, washer, or dryer) not working; toilet not flushing or overflowing; no power to all or part of the apartment or other electrical issue; or a slow drain.

* We will still be performing regular work orders; however, we will be calling you before coming to your apartment to make sure that you are not experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, have been exposed to anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, or have recently traveled. Maintenance will be washing their hands in between every apartment and spraying their clothing with 91% alcohol to prevent carrying germs from one apartment to another. Semi-annual apartment inspections will be postponed until further notice.

*All Willow Creek Crossing employees have been instructed to stay home if they are exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms. They are not to return to work until they are symptom free or have been cleared by a doctor to return to work.

* The fitness center will be closed until further notice.

* If you live in an apartment style with a shared laundry, we ask that you take preventative measures and wipe the machines down with disinfectant cleaner before and after using them. We will keep up with our regular cleaning of the hallways but ask for your assistance as we cannot clean after each use. If you need to fill your laundry card, we ask that you use the hand sanitizer located to the left of the office door prior to using the machine or use the CSCPay Mobile app on your phone. If you are sick, we ask that you do not come to the office to use the machine but use the app instead.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time as we want to minimize your exposure, and ours, to the potential spread of germs. We will continue to monitor the current situation with the help of our local and national governing authorities. You can monitor online as well at and And, please, do not forget to wash your hands!

The Complete (and Only) Apartment Rental Checklist You’ll Ever Need

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rental checklist

Applying for an apartment can feel like applying for a job. Rental agents want to make sure they’re leaving their valuable property in the hands of someone responsible.

Before you show up to apply for a new apartment, make sure you hit every item on the standard rental checklist. Appearing organized and prepared will put you ahead of anyone else looking at the property.

To find out what you need to rent your next apartment, check out the essential rental checklist items below.

What Is a Rental Checklist?

A rental checklist is a physical list of all the documents you may need to sign a lease. It may seem excessive, but apartment communities need to make sure their tenants are respectful and responsible. Here are some of the items that are commonly required.

Financial Statements

Of course, some of the most important documents to bring are financial statements. They prove to the leasing agents that you are a fiscally responsible tenant and they don’t have to worry about your ability to pay the rent on time.

A rental agent needs to see pay stubs to determine if you can afford the apartment. There are both formal and informal rules about the acceptable ratio between salary and rent, usually no more than 30% of the monthly income. They will often ask for more than one pay stub to make sure your income is stable.


There are several forms of identification you need to sign a lease agreement. Make sure to have a few forms of identification, including your social security number. A passport or driver’s license is also necessary. Some stricter communities will ask for proof of residency.

However, make sure to take precautions to avoid rental scams. Never wire or transfer your identification or money unless you know it’s a reputable community.


Although not usually requested, a resume can help provide more evidence of your economic stability. Asking your boss for a letter of employment can also help, and you can copy it and keep it for other needs. As you compile a job history, make sure to compile a rental history as well.

Your rental history should include the length of the lease, how long you stayed, the monthly rent amount, and contact information for the lessors.


Your rental agent may ask for additional recommendations on your behalf. Have these on hand in case they are needed.

When looking for a new apartment, you can also ask for their recommendations or reviews. This interviewing process can go both ways—no one wants to live in a place others don’t.

More Renting Tips and Tricks

Write up your own rental checklist to make sure all your documents are in order as you visit potential apartment communities. This way, you’ll be ready to present all your documentation and sign the lease as soon as possible. The professional demeanor will impress rental agents and give you a leg up over competing potential tenants.

If you’re looking for an apartment to rent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, make sure to give us a call!

From Bachelor Drab to Bachelor Pad: 5 Renter-Friendly Ways to Update Your Apartment

renter friendly upgrades for your apartment

renter friendly upgrades for your apartment

According to CityLab, over 100 million Americans rent their homes, so finding a rental with all the right accommodations is a cause for celebration.

Whether you’re living with your family, or you’re a young bachelor, choosing renter-friendly upgrades for your apartment might be necessary, at some point.

Are you ready to upgrade your apartment? Check out these tips to take your apartment from so-so to whoa.

Renter-Friendly Upgrades for Your Apartment

Apartment living is great and has many benefits. Make your apartment your own with a few apartment upgrades.

Before changing the appearance of your apartment, please speak with the landlord or property manager. Altering the look of your unit without permission might cost you the security deposit. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

1. Spruce Up the Bathroom

When decorating an apartment, many people don’t think about decorating the bathroom, but this room needs a little love too. Modern bathrooms exude the look and feel of a spa. When you walk in there, the sense of relaxation should overflow.

To achieve a new look in your apartment, buy a new shower curtain, hang up wall art, or use different color towels. It’s interesting how changing small details can make a significant impact.

2. Decorate the Kitchen

Kitchens are the heart of a home. Update the kitchen with removable backsplash tiles to revive the sink area.

Place decorative storage containers in your cabinets or on the counters and hang decorative kitchen towels. Set a bowl of your favorite snack as the centerpiece of your table.

Colorful appliances such as coffee makers and toasters also help dress up a kitchen.

3. Organize The Closets

Organizing your closets is perfect for getting the most usage out of a room. Choosing the right storage bins, hooks, or hangers is exciting and gratifying.

Setting your clothing, accessories, and shoes into a designated area helps maintain order and quick retrieval of an item. To whip your closet into shape try bins and baskets for hats, pajamas, scarves, gloves, handbags, or belts.

Use hangers for professional and easily wrinkle tops, pants, and skirts. Consider hanging shoes by hooks on the inside of the closet door to free up floor space.

A well-organized closet shows maturity and dedication.

4. Revamp Your Floors

For many apartments, carpet is the standard as it absorbs sound. If your carpet is looking a little drab, give it a deep cleaning to keep it looking fresh.

Afterward, try adding some spice with area rugs. Mix and match the textures of the area rugs with your decorative pillows for a more pleasing look.

5. Awaken The Countertops

Countertops do more than provide space for chopping vegetables and preparing meals. They pull together the look of your cabinets, backsplash, and flooring.

Let your kitchen counter reflect your personality with a colorful cutting board, cookie jar, a glass canister, or crock-pot.

Personalized items are popular too. Get your name or initials on a knife block and cutlery set.

Whatever you choose to display, make sure it captures your style.

Sign A Lease

As you can see, renter-friendly upgrades for an apartment don’t have to break your bank. All the options discussed are affordable and won’t take long to do.

If you’re ready for a new apartment, search our website for more information and contact us to schedule a tour.