The destination for the July 27 trip was the Waynesboro Academy, which is now a 39-unit senior housing facility for individuals 62 years of age and over. The Jones County group was met by Waynesboro Downtown Development Director Donald Lively and Trinetta Skinner who led the members on a tour.
Lively said he attended the school 40 years ago and it had fallen into a state of disrepair before the housing project began.
“The neighbors weren’t excited about it when it was being renovated but it has definitely improved the neighborhood,” he said.
The academy is located in the city’s historic district. It was formerly a high school, junior high, and an elementary school before being renovated in 2011. The renovation was a joint venture between a private developer and a non-profit housing agency and was financed with the help of Housing Tax Credits blended with Historic Preservation Tax Credits.
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