Demolition begins on Macon’s Tindall Heights apartments
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The bricks are starting to come down at the Tindall Heights apartments with plans to upgrade the public housing units.
The 76-year-old public housing complex was home to hundreds of families.
After years of effort to find funding to renovate the spaces — built in the 1940’s — the apartments are being torn down to create a $45 million, 270-unit space available for families.
Christine Rainey lived in the home for years.
“It’s just a blessing to be able to move forward and look back to see how far that God has brought you,” she said.
Rainey says it was a place where people relied on one another. Now to see an effort to give her old home a face lift is meaningful to the entire city.
“A foundation. It’s a foundation, you know, it’s growing,” she said.
County leaders, including Mayor Robert Reichert, several county commissioners, and Southeast HUD Director Ed Jennings, showed off the plans for the new “Tindall Senior Towers.”
Hundreds of Tindall Heights’ residents were relocated using either section 8 vouchers or they moved to other public housing units as the housing authority looks to upgrade the spaces.
There are plans to put stores and restaurants near the apartments as well.
Leaders anticipate the changes to be right on par with the growing, thriving Second Street Corridor and at Mercer University.
It’s a plan Christine says she’s in full support of and is ready to see the next phase of the project.
“Anything that I needed for my home and my children, they did it for me. So it was just a blessing. It was like a family here,” she said.
Housing authority leaders expect the first phase of the project to be completed sometime next year.