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$10M renovation of former Hayden High School nears

Published 9:23am Friday, August 17, 2012

FRANKLIN—Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia next spring may break ground on a $10 million project to transform a historic black high school into a senior housing and community center that could create 60 jobs.

Senior Services officials on Monday told Franklin City Council the renovation of Hayden High School into a 62,000-square-foot, government-subsidized apartment complex for seniors is nearing. In addition to 25 apartments, the facility will include an adult daycare center, black history museum, café and Head Start building.

“We could conservatively say spring of 2013,” Long-Term Care Capacity Planner William Wade said about the groundbreaking. “We’re really trying to be aggressive about it and make it happen sooner.”

The new jobs would be in customer service, management and the medical field, said Senior Services Chief Executive Officer John Skirven. He said it was too early to say how much the jobs could pay.

Senior Services has applied for a state and federally funded historic tax credit, which if approved, could pay for up to 45 percent of the cost to restore the building constructed in 1953, Wade said.

To be named Hayden Village Center, the facility will have 10 apartments in the original building and 15 in a new wing.

The project has been in the planning stages for about five years. One obstacle was finding the right combination of uses.

“With any big project like this, it takes time for everyone to come together on a common vision,” Skirven said.

Wade said they haven’t started renting the apartments, but have received inquiries. Rent would be about $530 a month, including utilities.

Hayden was named for Della I. Hayden, a Hampton University graduate, who in 1904 founded a private boarding school for black girls in Franklin. She served as principal there until her death in 1924.

  • skooch

    With that type of logic (or lack of) it makes sense to rob a convenient store because someone somewhere is robbing a bank.

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  • Makalani

    When $200,000+ Hellfire missiles are fired off like firecrackers — 2-3-4-5 at a time — at so-called terrorists — gunnutz/warmongers/conservatives (one in the same) — clap and cheer — “YESSSS!! ‘Killem’ all — let God ‘sortem’ out!”

    1000 terrorists — 10 killed at a time by Hellfire missiles = $20 million! Do the math with a million — 10 million terrorists in Pakistan–AStan! Complete idiocy and a waste of $$!

    How much is the Hayden renovation — about 50 Hellfire missiles or about 500 fewer Third World men/women/children killed/maimed/vaporized?

    “But NOOO!” Spend $$ money on the poor in this country — gunnutz/warmongers/conservatives start whining and caterwauling like banshees with hot pokers up in a body orifice: “WEEEE are ‘broookkke’ — raindrops are ‘falliiing’ in Lake Kilby (in a whiny voice!)” LOL

    Let’s elect more family values/conservative politicians who will abolish abortion and Planned Parenthood — guaranteeing more po folx — guaranteeing more whining by conservative voters — guaranteeing more entertainment for those who enjoy hearing them whine and caterwaul!

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  • skooch

    A Lake starts with a rain drop but I suppose as long as it is to give a free ride to the po ol Black Folks no price is to much.

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  • GrandKynd

    You stole my thunder Makalani!! Amen!! 10 Million is pocket change compared to the BILLIONS spent on wars and ponzi schemes. Talk to me about that.

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  • skooch

    It doesn’t matter where it is spent it is still money that we do not have. I guess it never occurs to anyone nationally or locally that maybe we should put the credit card in the trash.

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  • Makalani

    Finally — this neighborhood eyesore gets “repurposed.”
    Been looking out the front yard of my family home for 35+ years at this old dilapidated ghost of a building!

    RE: “spending more tax monies…”
    The more tax $$s borrowed from the Chinese that is spent on community projects in this country — the fewer tax $$s for the Pentagon to spend overseas bombing — strafing — killing and maiming Third World people!

    Let the construction begin….!

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  • skooch

    This is just spending more tax monies that we do not have.

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