Breaking Ground in Spartanburg, S.C.
Big changes are in store for the Highland community of Spartanburg, South Carolina where an aging public housing complex known as Cammie Clagett Courts is making way for 72 new, environmentally-friendly apartments called Highland Crossing that will rise in its place. On June 9, CHP and the Spartanburg Housing Authority (SHA) marked the beginning of this community transformation with a groundbreaking ceremony at the now-vacant Cammie Clagget Courts. The two organizations have partnered to redevelop and expand the multifamily rental community using funding from Low Income Housing Tax Credits and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)—a first for the state of South Carolina.
The RAD program is a central part of HUD’s rental housing preservation strategy that was initiated in September of 2012 and provides a mechanism for housing authorities to convert public and assisted housing properties to project-based or long-term Section 8 rental assistance communities. The program allows properties to be redeveloped, rehabilitated, and financed as stable, long-term assets.
As the nonprofit developer, architect, and builder of the Section 8 community, CHP will demolish the 40 existing out-of-date units and construct six dozen new apartments that will include a number of green features and energy efficiency measures to help enhance resident comfort, health, and wellbeing. In addition, Highland Crossing Apartments will have a clubhouse with an office and computer lab; a fitness, laundry, and maintenance facility; and an outdoor arbor and gazebo. The new complex, which will also be managed by CHP, will be reserved for households earning up to 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI).
The redevelopment project is being funded in part by the Spartanburg Housing Authority, Community Housing Capital, and Bank of America, N.A.
About Spartanburg Housing Authority
The Spartanburg Housing Authority (SHA) provides affordable housing options in vibrant neighborhoods for the citizens of the Greater Spartanburg Community. SHA’s vision is to be nationally recognized as a catalyst for building strong partnerships to create healthy, sustainable, and inclusive communities by offering progressive housing programs that promote self-sufficiency, quality of life and economic vitality.