ANOTHER NEW BEGINNING

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On a balmy November morning in 2016, Augusta residents, elected officials, Augusta Housing Authority staff members and Walton representatives gathered on a grassy site at the corner of 15th Street and Suanee Quintet to break ground on a brand new community, The Legacy at Walton Green, apartments for senior adults 55 and up, slated to open in early 2018. State Representative Henry "Wayne" Howard, who grew up there, understands the importance of this particular site. "These hallowed grounds hold some history that is very valuable to many folks," he said. Mr. Donald Hill is one such person. He was born and raised in the community over 60 years ago when it was called Sunset. He has fond memories of growing up there, of playing basketball using the rim of a bicycle tire as a hoop and of spending time with his friends and family. When asked how he would describe his feelings of seeing this new development get underway, he said, "The words haven't even been invented yet. I am so happy to see this happening here. These are sacred grounds." "We are excited about this new opportunity in Augusta," said Dave Loeffel, Principal of Affordable Housing Investments with Walton Communities. "Real estate is the backdrop of all our memories — our homes — and with that in mind, we are committed to creating much more than places where people live, but neighborhoods where people thrive." Dr. Rodger Murchison, Chairman of the Augusta Housing Authority board, said, "Homes are not just structures and buildings. Homes are where people live — where you know your neighbors and where you watch your grandchildren playing together outside. We look forward to the Legacy at Walton Green being home to many. This is a major commitment and investment in this part of town. It's an opportunity to make Augusta better and to make residents proud to make Augusta their home." The first phase of this new development, The Legacy at Walton Green, will consist of 80 one and two bedroom affordable apartment homes for adults 55 and up, with the first move-ins coming in early 2018. Anticipated next phase will be 250 family apartments, followed by another 80 apartments for senior adults. For more information, visit www.waltoncommunities.com. According to Michael Ryan of the Augusta Chronicle in a recent article, "We can't imagine the Augusta Housing Authority could have found a better partner to bring back the sense of community that Walton Communities specializes in. We applaud the members of the Housing Authority and are happy to herald another Walton community to Augusta."

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