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The Greenville Housing Authority

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The Harbor at West Greenville is the Housing Authority of the City of Greenville’s oldest development. The property has been preserved many times over the course of its existence. Below is a historical timeline of the property from Mountain View Homes to Brookhaven Apartments to being known today as the Harbor at West Greenville.

 

September 10, 1941 | The Housing Authority of the City of Greenville purchased approximately 18.45 acres of land on Perry Avenue as the approved location for the white project.

 

September 27, 1941 | TGHA’s Board authorized the clearing of slum on Oscar and Birnie Streets for the proposed location of the colored project.

 

December 28, 1941 | Dilapidated shacks torn down to make way for housing. “With Charleston, Spartanburg and other nearby cities sparing ahead on their last low-cost housing programs, Greenville’s citizens decided at the polls June 10th that they, too, wanted decent housing for the poor folks Council immediately applied for an allotted $300,000 project, and named Greenville Housing Authority to direct the project.  The dilapidated shack pictured below with former Mayor C. Fred McCullough is an example of the type of housing to be torn down”.

 

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Greenville News Article - December 28, 1941

March 19, 1942 | HUD approves housing authority to begin development of 100 units of housing on the Perry Avenue site.

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Greenville News Article - March 19, 1942

April 7, 1942 | President Roosevelt cleared final obstacle for new housing project in Greenville by approving a federal loan of $434k for immediate construction of 100 units.

April 10, 1942 | The 100-unit defense housing project on Perry Avenue will be named Mountain View Homes.

June 30, 1942 | Senator Burnet R. Maybank and R.O. Tuten, secretary (Executive Director) of the Greenville Housing Authority meets with officials of the Federal Housing Administration to make a strong plea for immediate grant of priorities so the housing project could proceed.

July 11, 1942 | R.O. Tuten, Senator Maybank and Congressman Bryson conferred with the War Production Board (WPB) as to the status of the project and were advised by Col. Ken Owens, in charge of the construction department of the War Production Board as to the status of the project, that all the papers and data in regard to the Greenville defense housing project had been given an excellent rating of A-1-J.   

July 25, 1942 | R.O. Tuten while visiting Washington, D.C. to advocate for the approval of the Greenville defense housing project, was badly hurt when struck by a Trolley.

July 25, 1942 | Daniel Construction company awarded $327,000 general contract to build 88-unit Defense Housing Project on Perry Avenue. The unit count was reduced from 100 to 88.

August 29, 1942 | Construction begins on the 88-unit Defense Housing Project. Priority would be given to civilian workers at the Greenville Army Air base upon project completion.

January 24, 1943 | Mountain View Homes completed. Greenville Housing Authority’s first federally financed housing project. This 88 unit development was limited strictly to immigrant war workers of the Greenville Army Air Base. 

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Greenville News Article - January 24, 1943

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Greenville News Article - January 24, 1943

1996 | The Housing Authority receives $3,661,750 Public Housing Development Grant from the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development to renovate Mountain View Homes.

April 7, 1943 | Landscaping Contract Awarded to Bramlett & Peden to prepare grounds at Mountain View Homes. Of the 88 units of the Mountain View Homes, only about 50 per cent were occupied, as units were restricted to emigrant civilian workers on the Greenville Army Air Base. Efforts were made to make the homes available to soldier’s families and the men in charge of the projects. Before servicemen could rent the homes, the commanding officer of the base provided approval.

April 17, 1943 | A recommendation that non-commissioned men and commissioned officers up to the rank of captain be allowed to rent units of the Mountain View Homes was submitted to the HUD regional offices in Atlanta, GA.

December 1, 1945 | Mountain View Homes plans to revert to a low-income housing project on January 1, 1946, after having been operated since its start as a national defense project. 

August 21, 1997 | Mountain View Homes begins rehabilitation facelift. 32 of the 88 units to be demolished.

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 Greenville News Article - August 21, 1997

July 21, 1999 | Mountain View Homes successfully rehabilitated and renamed Brookhaven Apartments. 

November 1, 2013 | Plans to renovate Brookhaven Apartments are approved by TGHA’s Board of Commissioners. TGHA, Brookhaven Apartments Residents and the West Greenville Neighborhood Association decides to rebrand the renovated apartments by naming it the Harbor at West Greenville. 

December 16, 2015 | Brookhaven residents receives the General Information Notice of Residential Tenant Non-Displacement.

April 18, 2016 | TGHA received approval from HUD for the disposition of the Brookhaven and Westview Public Housing Communities. This approval provided TGHA access to the public and private financial resources needed to substantially rehabilitate the properties.

April 20, 2016 | Financial Closing completed.

April 25, 2016 | Notice of Non-Displacement and Temporary Move; 90 Day Notice to Vacate

May 3, 2016 | Resident Relocation Meeting.

October 14, 2016 | Relocation Completed.

November 2016 | Construction Began.

January 2018 | Rehabilitation Completed.

January 2018 | Tenants began moving in.

May 30, 2018 | Units 100% Occupied.

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Gallery at West Greenville