CELIA SAXON NEIGHBORHOOD
HOPE VI REVITALIZATION
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA

Project Data:

Owner/Client
Housing Authority of the City of Columbia

Project Scope
New Neighborhood Plan
256 Homes and a Commercial Center

Date
HOPE VI Grant Awarded September 1999

In Collaboration With
Winston Associates



Project Description:

The Celia Saxon Neighborhood is in the heart of one of Columbia’s historic communities. Working in tandem with the area’s recent Empowerment Zone designation, the HOPE VI Revitalization Project will replace an isolated, obsolete eye-sore with a true mixed-use, and mixed-income community that will provide jobs, training, and housing choice.

The new plan will create safe and attractive connections throughout the neighborhood, linking important educational institutions with residential and recreational areas. A new commercial core of existing and proposed businesses will be anchored by a 26,000 sq. ft. grocery store. Existing assets, including a community center, daycare, and recreational facilities at Drew Park will be renovated and enhanced.

The Architects worked closely with residents and community leaders in an intensive eight-day design process to create the overall plan. The neighborhood will contain 256 new homes along traditional tree-lined streets and small parks. In addition to promoting homeownership, five distinct building types will be mixed together to respond to different resident profiles and income levels.