“Lovely, it’s a great place to live,” Linda Golden, a member of the city’s housing and neighborhood services board shares with me her first impressions of the project.
“Love it,” Golden adds. “I love everything that is going on downtown as a matter of fact, but this is a great space.”
The hundred year building is about ready to welcome the new residents with the completion of 72 loft-style apartments.
Views of downtown are accompanied by new appliances and finishes with some traces of the history remaining.
“The actual groundbreaking is pretty exciting, but nothing compares to when you see the transformation that happens,” Kelly Lundberg from Housing and Neighborhood Services said.
The HANDS board members tour of the building is an important step in the construction process, after all, part of their money is invested in the work.
“There’s high demand for these types of unit, so when I can invest our federal dollars in it, I’m assuring that we are making at least some of those accessible to lower or moderate households,” Lundberg explained.
The group also got to look at the rehabing and construction of homes in the Oxford Neighborhood as part of the Vincent Village Project, Bottle Works Lofts on East Pontiac Street, the Johnnie Mae urban farm on Winter Street and The Landing.