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MHA changing the face of public housing

By Staff
HOME SWEET HOME – Sandra Davis, a resident of Mountain View Village on D Street, stands in front of one of 32 apartments that are being remodeled at the complex. Davis and her three children plan to move into their remodeled home as soon as it's ready; some residents are set to move in today. Photo by Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star
By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
November 1, 2004
Sandra Davis can't wait to move into her newly remodeled apartment at Mountain View Village on D Street she said it feels like she's moving into a brand new home.
Davis and her three children plan to move into the apartment as soon as it's ready. Some residents of Mountain View Village, one of Meridian's low income housing developments, are set to move in today.
Mountain View is one of 13 public housing projects in Meridian that provide homes to about 3,500 people. The complex houses about 200 people in 80 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
Mountain View is the only public housing development in Meridian now being renovated. Work began earlier this year on 32 apartments in four of the complex's 12 apartment buildings.
Derwin Jackson, executive director of the Meridian Housing Authority, said the apartments will be completely remodeled. He said each one will receive new appliances, windows and cabinets.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funded the $1.6 million cost to remodel the 32 apartments. Eventually, Jackson said, the entire development will be remodeled within about two years at a cost of about $3.6 million.
Families who lived in the apartments targeted for renovation were temporarily relocated earlier this year to other low-income housing while work was being completed to their home.
Mountain View's apartment buildings have had little renovation since they were first built in 1939. Jackson said he wants to change the face of public housing.
Work on four more buildings at the development is scheduled to begin soon. Billy Burnett Inc. of Tuscaloosa is doing the work.
Davis, who has lived in another apartment at Mountain View during the renovations, said she is glad the apartments are receiving a much-needed make over.

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