Franklin, Virginia - (July 14, 2015) – Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (SSSEVA) has announced that The Honorable Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia will be visiting Franklin and specifically the Hayden Village Center construction site on Oak Street on Thursday, July 16 at 10 a.m. Joining the Secretary for a hard hat tour will be a small contingent of invited city officials and business leaders.
“We are so honored that Sec. Jones has cleared the time on his busy schedule to travel down to Franklin to tour the old high school building during this early construction phase,” said SSSEVA CEO John Skirven. During the tour of the building, we look forward to sharing our plans and vision for the completed mixed-use community center. At the same time, we hope to have the opportunity to talk to Sec. Jones about his economic development objectives with particular attention to Franklin and Southampton County, how he views the potential impact of the Center on the city and the region, and discuss opportunities for financial support for the project through the agencies he oversees, as well as other means of support that may be available from the Commonwealth.”
“In the meantime, we want to let the community know that despite a few delays, work at the construction site has moved along as planned,” Skirven shared. “We are currently waiting on the completion of a planned second environmental and historical review, and we are finalizing the documentation to secure the building permits that are required to complete the rest of the construction work,” said Skirven. To date, $714,198 in funds and commitments towards the project’s $3.2 million capital campaign goal have been raised. This includes grant awards from local and regional foundations such as the Obici Healthcare Foundation, Franklin-Southampton Charities, and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, along with individual contributions. “Our team is extremely excited to be moving forward,” said Skirven, “and we look forward to working with the community of Franklin over the coming months to complete this crowning jewel intended to honor the legacy of Della I. Hayden.”
Director of Development and Community Relations