Ground breaking for Legacy at Walton Green

Published: Nov. 16, 2016 at 11:09 AM EST
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Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A brand new mixed development is taking the place of the old Cherry Tree Crossing Apartments.

Walton Communities, the Augusta Housing Authority and members of the community joined together for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Legacy at Walton Green.

One of the many speakers at the event, State Representative Henry Wayne Howard, understands the importance of the site. "These grounds hold some history that is very valuable to many, many folks."

One man who knows all about the history is Donald Hill.

Hill was born and raised at Cherry Tree Crossing back when it was called Sunset. Hill pointed out various spots on the property where roads and his old home used to stand.

"I'm just thankful that I'm still living and have a chance to see it get redeveloped into a prosperous community," Hill says.

Hill moved away from the community as a young adult, but his father still lived there. He's seen it during the good times and the bad.

The old buildings might be gone, but there are still many fond memories Hill has of the old community. "I just radiate from being able to come back to these sacred grounds of the Sunset," he says with smile.

The Augusta Housing Authority says previous residents who had to move out of the Cherry Tree Crossing might have the opportunity to move in to the new development.

Hill says he wouldn't be opposed to the idea.

The Legacy at Walton Green will be a mixed development and will feature both public and affordable housing. They hope to have people moving in Fall 2017, a few months ahead of schedule.

At the event, Chairman for the Augusta Housing Authority, Rodger Murchison says they hope to continue to redevelopment communities. "We are looking at the large community and saying we want this to be home in all the sense of what that word means."

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Augusta Housing Authority is set to break ground on a new apartment community.

The partners of Walton Communities in partnership with the Augusta Housing Authority will break ground on the Legacy at Walton Green on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m.

Walton Communities Executives, The Augusta Housing Authority, Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. and State Representative Henry “Wayne” Howard will speak at the groundbreaking at 1550 Fifteenth Street.

The Legacy at Walton Green boasts centrally located apartment homes which provide active adults, age 55 and up, easy access to downtown Augusta. The first phase of this community will offer 80 one and two-bedroom apartments with a blend of both market rate and affordable programs in partnership with the Augusta Housing Authority.

Construction for The Legacy at Walton Green will begin in the fall of 2016 with an anticipated grand opening in early 2018.

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