Fundraising to help turn the historic former Hayden High School in Franklin into the mixed-use Hayden Village Center has taken another significant step forward thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Alison J. and Ella W. Parsons Fund
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Dec. 16, 2013) – Fundraising to help turn the historic former Hayden High School in Franklin into the mixed-use Hayden Village Center has taken another significant step forward thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Alison J. and Ella W. Parsons Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, John N. Skirven, CEO of Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, announced today. Senior Services is heading the effort to develop Hayden Village Center, which will house many much-needed community services, primarily for seniors and children. “The Hayden Village Center will provide transformational change for the citizens of Franklin and the city,” Skirven said. “The grant from the Alison J. and Ella W. Parsons Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation is an important boost to our $1.5 million capital development campaign for the adaptive rehabilitation of the Hayden building. We are very appreciative.” This is the second grant received for the capital project from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Earlier this fall, the foundation awarded Senior Services a $75,000 grant. Senior Services is looking to break ground for Hayden Village Center sometime in early 2014. Planned construction should take about 12 months. The total cost of the project will be $12 million, with financing coming from a variety of sources, including the use of historic and new market tax credits. Plans include an adult day health care center and the consolidation of all rural aging services and activities that Senior Services currently provides in Franklin, such as the Senior Wellness Center now located at Franklin’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, the I-Ride dispatching center and community-based long-term care services, Skirven said. A full-service café, also to be located at Hayden Village Center, will prepare more than 40,000 meals per year for the on-site senior programs and for home delivery to isolated seniors. Hayden Village Center also will be home to Franklin’s Head Start program for children, offering opportunities for intergenerational programming with seniors. An African American heritage museum/library will be situated in the building’s former library, and community development and enrichment programs for youth will be offered on site and managed by the Hayden Alumni Group, a nonprofit formed by local Hayden alumni. The Hayden Village project also will include one-bedroom apartment units for seniors and house a primary care medical office. The old Hayden High School, listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register, was named for Della I. Hayden, the daughter of a freed slave and the founder of Franklin Normal School for African American girls in 1904. She served as principal of that school until her death in 1924. In 1953, Franklin built a new high school for African American students and named it in Hayden’s honor. The building later became a junior high school, and then was closed in 1986.