FRANKLIN—The Hayden Village project can move forward after Franklin City Council on Monday voted 5-0 to rezone the Hayden High School property.
“I just want to say that since my tenure on council, I have not known of a project that will directly impact so many different groups of people, the children, the elderly, the heritage museum and professional services,” said Mayor Raystine Johnson-Ashburn.
“This was a long time coming,” added Councilwoman Mona Murphy. “This is truly an honor to be a part of this historic moment.”
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia wants to convert the historic black high school into a 62,000-square-foot, government-subsidized housing complex for seniors. There would be 25 apartments with 10 in the original building and 15 in a new wing.
The $10 million complex will include a community center that could provide 60 jobs. Also included in the project would be an adult daycare center, black history museum, restaurant and Head Start facility.
The public can learn more during a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, forum at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.
“I can think of no better use for that building,” said Franklin Vice-Mayor Barry Cheatham. “To be reconstructed and refurbished to serve the elderly and the community.”
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