NeighborWorks Columbus broke ground today on Highland Terrace. The new building will provide affordable senior housing in the North Highland Community.
A few leaders of Columbus and some with a vested interest in this building watched as Cathy Williams and others broke ground on Highland Terrace.
The old Meritas Mill site will be transformed into a senior living home that will house about 105 units. It’ll be available for people with limited housing choices.
Mayor Skip Henderson has worked with Cathy Williams and Neighborworks Columbus for about 20 years and now they both say to see something like this is incredible.
“We are very excited to be apart of the revitalization of North Highland. It’s so strategically placed and it’s so convenient whether you’re going to Alabama or downtown Columbus. This neighboorhood has long been neglected.. not anymore,” says CEO of NeighborWorks Columbus.
Mayor Skip Henderson believes this will eventually decrease the crime in the area.
“I think what you’re going to see this facility do and this development do is sort of the broken window syndrome in reverse. The broken window syndrome is if a house has a cracked window than the other houses will soon start to look the same. That’s what we’re hoping will transform this area. If we invest money $18 million into a project like this, I think you’re going to see people take pride,” he said.
Highland terrace will help veterans, the elderly and families with limited housing choices. NeighborWorks has future plans to fix up areas from 35th to 38th street as part of the north highland redevelopment plan.