CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Those with the Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority cut the ribbon Monday on its newest complex, Greystone Manor. The 28, two-story units are located across the street from Little Page Terrace and Orchard Manor on Charleston’s West Side.
It was back in 2002 when Mayor Danny Jones said he and the city got serious about making changes to the existing public housing that was run down and often times overrun by crime.
Greystone Manor is another step towards improving that, according to Allan McVey, the Commissioner of the Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority.
“We’re in the process now of basically taking down the old and building up the new,” explained McVey.
He’s no stranger to the neighborhood. McVey said as a child, his family lived at Little Page and he has great memories there. But it was time to update and improve the housing units.
“The whole idea with public housing is to provide temporary housing for people in the hopes that they can better themselves and move on to buying homes in the community and being successful in life,” according to McVey.
Monday the authority opened the doors so the public could peak in the new units, which include central heat and air, energy-efficient appliances and on-site maintenance.
McVey says the difference between Orchard Manor’s old units and the brand new Greystone complex across the street are night and day.
“You’re talking about compacting hundreds of people into small spaces and now what we’re doing is building brand new, two-story, garden-style apartments in the community.”
The site where Greystone is located replaces a row of former warehouses along Washington St. West.
You can log on to www.facebook.com/CKHAWV to see the before and after pictures of the construction process from start to finish.