City holds first open house at new housing development Walton Oaks

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email
Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver calls Walton Oaks development a prime example of his ultimate vision for the inner city. (WRDW-TV / Oct. 25, 2011)

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver calls Walton Oaks development a prime example of his ultimate vision for the inner city. (WRDW-TV / Oct. 25, 2011)

News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Welcome to The Legacy at Walton Oaks, where carefully manicured lawns and invitingly pristine living rooms set the standard for the future of public housing in Augusta.

"Ooh, I love it. Oh I really love this place," said Louella Knighton, who traveled hours from Newnan, Ga., in hopes of snagging an apartment. "I could not believe how large it is and the space that they have."

City leaders who gathered for the formal open house were equally impressed with the complex that was the former Underwood Homes.

"But those limits are in place so that we specifically target those who are really in need," said Property Manager Alicia Porter.

And yet imagine Knighton's disappointment when she learned she is $1,000 too rich for the complex.

"All excited ... I had picked out my place and now I gotta go back to Newnan," she said.

This is as work continues on a second phase for families. Legacy at Walton is modeled solely for seniors 55 years and over.

Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver calls the development a prime example of his ultimate vision for the inner city.

"And promoting walking, having community gardens ... you know promoting a community lifestyle," he said. "This is the way we're headed really as a neighborhood and as a city."

This is a $10 million project with 75 units in the first phase. Thirty-eight of those units will be for public housing.

There are still units available but 55 percent of them have already been leased.


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