Last night, in Spartanburg, SC. Dr. M. Keith McDaniel, Sr. Pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church, summed up a housing initiative in the most eloquent way. Many changes are happening in and around his church. He spoke about the wave of opportunities that have been triggered by brand new housing. The urbanization of a neighborhood and a newly named development called Highland Crossing Apartments is the catalyst for hope.
This revitalization has been made possible through the Spartanburg Housing Authority and CHP Real Estate Development. One, two, & three bedroom floor plans have been designed with generous square footage in each. More than 60 new and former residents were in attendance and it was truly apparent, through at least 40 questions, this community is strong within their faith, church, and community.
The current plan is to demolish 40 abandoned units and replace them with 72 brand new ones. This will be called “Phase One.” Application process will begin in January 2016. These transitional Section 8 Housing apartments are pristine, green – influenced, and must be actualized with the latest 2015 Code Regulations. The RAD State House Credit process is also firmly in place.
The influential panel that fielded questions and community comments included Mr. Mitch Kennedy, Community Services Director for the City of Spartanburg, Mr. Daryl Dalton, Interim Executive Director of the Spartanburg Housing Authority, Mrs. Jennifer Wilkinson, Senior Development Officer at Community Housing Partners, and Mr. Leroy Jeter, President of the Highland Neighborhood Association.
It was truly an inspirational moment in the history of the city of Spartanburg.