2014 - Present
Below is a chronological account of the Housing Authority of the City of Greenville, SC history. Please click on highlighted, underlined and or bold items to retrieve a copy of news articles and other materials to read more about the respective historical event.
- January 14, 2014: Scott Towers was imploded.
A part of Greenville’s history since 1970 is no more. Scott Towers, a 14-story public housing building formerly located at 511 Augusta Street, was imploded on Sunday, January 19 at 9:30 a.m. The Greenville Housing Authority held a brief ceremony to recognize former Greenville Housing Authority board members who served when Scott Towers was constructed and to honor Mr. Elmer Ernest Scott, the building’s namesake.
Mr. Scott served as chairman of the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners for 35 years and was a dedicated advocate for affordable senior housing for the Greenville community. He moved to Greenville in 1930 to open Greenville’s J.C. Penney store and was with the company for 41 years. Scott passed away in 1984 at the age of 89.
For decades, the building served low-income seniors. “About three years ago the housing authority became aware of some very significant structural problems with the building,” Cindi Herrera, the interim executive director for the Greenville Housing Authority, said. The Greenville Housing Authority made the decision last year to demolish the building after multiple studies determined the repair costs to bring the structure up to current building code requirements would be prohibitive. Scott Towers lacked sprinklers, the elevators were not pressurized, and numerous structural and safety issues persisted. Meanwhile, property value estimates for the site plus the building were $775,000, but rose to $2 million with the building gone, she said.
Rehab costs were estimated at more than $30 million, while demolition costs totaled $1.3 million, Herrera said. Agency officials blamed years of deferred maintenance, dwindling federal funds for public housing and changing building codes.
Evacuations in the area began at 7 a.m. The housing authority evacuated 100 people, including those living on the property's Garden Apartments and nearby homes. Steve Pettigrew of Contract Drilling and Blasting of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., explained that certain businesses and homes within about 300 to 400 feet of the building were also evacuated.
- January 22, 2014: Scott Towers Implosion Used as a Training Site
Implosion site used for large-scale training exercise
NEO Corporation, the company under contract to the Housing Authority and responsible for demolition of the building, turned the site over to the Greenville City Fire Department once it was deemed safe to do so. Fire department personnel will then begin using heavy equipment to prep what is expected to be a 30-foot pile of debris for a series of large-scale community disaster response exercises that will take place throughout the remainder of the week.
Part of the prep work will include placing props and mannequins in the structure prior to the implosion for tactical search and rescue operations.
According to Greenville City Fire Chief Stephen Kovalcik, the implosion and resulting site presented a unique opportunity for area fire, law enforcement and medical services personnel to practice interagency communication and unified command and for first responders to conduct tactical operations for HazMat/WMD and technical rescue. "Our regions operational capabilities are exceptional and proven on a regular basis," said Kovalcik. "The challenges this large-scale event provides can seldom be duplicated and will provide us the experience required to manage incidents that are the results of catastrophic events, such as a hurricane, earthquake or wildland fire, and was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
The training exercise commenced with a call to dispatch the morning of Wednesday, January 22 with a report of an explosion and subsequent collapse of the structure at 511 Augusta Street. The initial dispatch included Greenville City Police, Greenville City Fire Department and Greenville County EMS. In addition to local fire and law enforcement agencies, Bon Secours St. Francis Downtown and Medshore Ambulance Service participated in the training by providing patient care and transport of the injured. St. Francis Hospital personnel operated a simulated emergency room, at an off-site location, in an effort to challenge the regions ability to manage a large-scale event with causalities. The exercise required the activation of the regional Hazardous Materials /Weapons of Mass Destruction team and technical rescue assets, including teams from Columbia, SC and Asheville, NC. In addition, the Greenville County Emergency Operations Center, which provides the command and logistical support needed for large-scale events such as earthquakes, hurricanes and wildland fires, participated in the training.
- February 28, 2014: Created Greenville Re-Development Corporation (GRDC). GRDC is a not-for-profit affiliate of TGHA. It houses the assets of TGHA's non HUD funded properties.
- February 28, 2014: Created GRDC I, LLC, the sole member entity for Manor at West Greenville.
- July 8, 2014: Created GRDC II, LLC, the sole member entity for Harbor at West Greenville and Gallery at West Greenville
- August 2014: Received a 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Award from the South Carolina State Housing Finance & Development Authority for Manor at West Greenville (55 unit New Construction Senior Development).
- August 14, 2014: Ivory N.Mathews, named Executive Director.
- March 9, 2015: Created GRDC III, LLC, the sole member entity for Heritage at Sliding Rock.
- March 25, 2015: Received Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Commitment to Enter into a Housing Assistance Payment (CHAP) Award for a portfolio conversion. The following public housing units will be converted to RAD-PBV Rental Assistance Units (Arcadia Hills - 9 | Garden Apartments - 80 | Evergreen Place - 75 | Forest View - 29 | Clark Ridge - 27 | Ridgeway Apartments - 8 | Nicholtown Green - 38 | Charleston Place - 20)
- June 25, 2015: Created GRDC IV, LLC, the sole member entity for Valley Creek.
- July 21, 2015: Received Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Commitment to Enter into a Housing Assistance Payment (CHAP) Award for to convert 109 single family scattered site units from public housing to RAD-PBV Rental Assistance.
- August 2015: Received a 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Award from the South Carolina State Housing Finance & Development Authority for Heritage at Sliding Rock (60 unit New Construction Senior Development).
- August 24, 2015: TGHA's Residents, Cedric Shell & Chase Dirton-Sullivan, recipients of the SERC-NAHRO/CCHRCO $1,000 Academic Scholarship.
- August 25, 2015: Created Greenville Area Housing Corporation (GAHC), an affiliate of TGHA.
- August 26, 2015: Received a 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credit Allocation award for Manor at West Greenville.
- January 2016: TGHA received several Awards for its 2015 United Way of Greenville Campaign. The awards included: 2015 Bar; Chairman's Award; Campaign Award for Advancement for a 25% or more increase in participation; Campaign Award for Advancement for a 25% or more increase in dollars.
- June 14, 2016: Manor at West Greenville Groundbreaking Ceremony was held to commemorate the start of construction for the 55 unit senior development located at 11 Manning Street.
- September 13, 2016: Manor at West Greenville Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Manor at West Greenville is the first of three developments that honors the commitment of TGHA to replace all affordable senior housing units lost as the result of the implosion of the former Scott Towers Public Housing Community. Manor at West Greenville is a 55-unit, $7.2 million dollar community that provides spacious and modern apartments in a secure environment. Manor is conveniently located close to downtown in the West Greenville Neighborhood and assures long term affordability for low and moderate income seniors. This development was made possible through a public/private partnership with Douglas, Schaumber and Tapestry Development; West Greenville Neighborhood Association; City of Greenville; US Department of Housing & Urban Development; SC State Housing Finance & Development Authority; and Boston Financial Investment Management.
- October 3, 2016: TGHA offers free Arts Classes to the former residents of Brookhaven and Westview Homes (Harbor and Gallery of West Greenville). The former residents will help create the mural designs for newly renovated communities of Gallery at West Greenville and Harbor at West Greenville.
- January 2017: TGHA received an Award of Excellance for its 2016 United Way of Greenville Employee Giving Campaign.
- July 2017: Manor at West Greenville received its certificate of occupancy and began leasing the 55 unit senior development.
- September 28, 2017: TGHA & Blank Canvas Mural Company teamed up to create Communities of Opportunity Mural Program (COMP). COMP is a program offered for free to Residents of TGHA properties. Its purpose is to create works of Public Art to be enjoyed for FREE by the residents of TGHA properties and the City of Greenville as a whole. Each property/location where this program is implemented will have its own vibe. The COMP Program was approved by the City of Greenville's Arts in Public Places Commission.
- October 6, 2017: TGHA hosted an Affordable Housing "Bus" Tour. Over 40+ community leaders participated.
- January 2018: Received the Certificate of Occupancy to begin leasing tenants in the newly renovated Harbor at West Greenville.