This year’s Ice Cream Social and National Night Out was a great success!
July 19, 2016
The Columbia Housing Authority hosted an update meeting this week and reports that 196 units have been vacated with 84 left to go with a proposed August completion. See the most recent Gonzales plan.
Twelve new houses in the area directly behind Manning will be built by the end of this year. Construction will start after Labor Day and we may be seeing cable companies and power trucks in the neighborhood prior to Labor Day as the contractor gets ready to break ground. These new houses will be in the 125,000 – 160,000 price range and will be similar to the new ones we’ve already seen behind us.
The three buildings in Gonzales Gardens closest to these lots where the houses will be built are now empty and will be the first ones demolished. When they begin construction, trees and streets will remain as they are currently.
The Historic Columbia Foundation is helping to preserve the history of Gonzales Gardens which will be showcased in the community center that is now the GG office building.
Dog Training Electric Collar
Kaye Clark is cleaning out some unused gear and is trying to get rid of a Dog Training Electric Collar. Call her at (803) 256-3994 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cayce Exterminating did a fantastic job adding multiple French drains under our home following the October 2015 flooding. They also do plumbing, flooring, and remodeling of all kinds. Oh, by the way, they do exterminating and termite protection too.
Update as of May 10, 2016.
The Columbia Housing Authority is actively relocating residents with 129 of total 280 completed so far. The remaining tenants in the Gardens will be moved by July 31, 2016.
All residents were offered vouchers for housing in other locations including some who took their vouchers and used them toward home ownership. The CHA physically moved or paid to move all residents. The first tenants relocated moved to these areas of Columbia (and one to Florida!).
Following relocation, demolition will begin, with the City of Columbia taking a lead with a $1M commitment toward demolition.
They are still seeking several one bedroom apartments for some of their seniors, particularly those with disabilities or who need to be near transportation lines. If you know of any one-bedroom apartments available, please email Julia Prater at email@example.com.
There is no set date for construction but Mungo Homes is the development “partner”. The Master Plan shows locations for:
– single-family attached housing (similar to Rosewood Hills but with the trees)
– multi-family apartments
– Senior apartments
– Senior cottages
The Columbia Housing Authority is encouraging development of single-family housing surrounding Gonzales. Forest Hills neighbors could help by inviting good owners to consider the Lyon Street neighborhood as it changes.
The CHA is looking for a name for the newly redeveloped area, so if you have ideas, please send them to our neighbor, Sam Scheib, at firstname.lastname@example.org.