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Changing the Image Linked to Wink Lane in Somerset Co.

PRINCESS ANNE,  Md.-The property owner of an apartment complex is trying to clean up its image by changing the street name that leads to it.

Somerset Park Apartments, formerly known as University Park Apartments, sits at the end of Wink Lane. The complex came under new management one year ago, and now some changes are underway.

Town commissioners recently approved Property Manager Deborah Farrow’s request to replace Wink Lane with Anne’s Way. Farrow’s request is part of an effort to fix-up the area’s reputation.

Edith Jones, a tenant in the complex, said she was not fond of the area when she first moved in.

"It was scary in this environment because you see a lot of local people around; when you call Wink Lane, some people won't want to come to this place,” Jones said.

Terry Trader, another resident in the complex, explains why some people have negative thoughts when they think about Wink Lane.

"There used to be a lot of drinking and drugging and fighting, but things have changed now,” Trader said. “We got rid of a lot of those negative people and there's a lot of positive people back here now."

Over the years, Wink Lane has been linked to several reports of criminal activity. The town hopes to dispel such dismal memories by changing the name.

Jones does not think it will make much a difference.

"As a tenant in Wink Lane, I'm really use to the Wink, but if they change it, I don't think it's going to change the reputation," said Jones.

However, Trader thinks it will do some good.

"I talk to a lot of people outside of the place [Somerset Park Apartments], and when you say Wink Lane, they talk about how negative the place was, they don't talk about the positive things,” said Trader, who thinks the name change will fix that bad reputation.

Town commissioners said county commissioners are expected to make a decision within the next 30 days.
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