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AMHA hosts community event at new senior housing site

9/5/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

The new Marian T. Hall Senior Building is named in honor of Akron community and civil rights activist Marian Hall.
Photo courtesy of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
WEST AKRON — On Aug. 15, the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) hosted a community welcome event at Edgewood Village to commemorate the new Marian T. Hall Senior Building named in honor of Akron community and civil rights activist Marian Hall.

The event marked the completion of the last phase of AMHA’s HOPE VI redevelopment and celebrated its 75 years of service in Summit County.

“We began planning the Edgewood Village redevelopment project back in the 1990s,” said AMHA Executive Director Anthony O’Leary. “The dedication of our new senior building marks the completion of that project, which represents over $50 million in public and private investment. It’s been a long process, but one that we’ve undertaken for the benefit of our residents. We couldn’t be happier to dedicate this project to someone who served those families and individuals her entire life — Marian T. Hall.”

Attendees learned about the new senior building and family development Edgewood Village South; met AMHA staff, community residents and project contributors; and viewed many pieces of art created by Akron Public Schools students and autographed volumes of Rita Dove poetry donated to Edgewood Village residents, according to AMHA officials.

AMHA Board Chairman John Fickes spoke on the difference that people can make when they choose to act. Fickes also honored former AMHA Board Chairman Kurt Laubinger, for whom a Crimson King maple tree was planted near the new senior building, and presented him with a gift created by Akron artist Don Drumm. Laubinger thanked attendees and commended AMHA.

Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) Executive Director Douglas Garver spoke on the various sources of financing that went into the Edgewood Village project, as well as the Low Income Housing Tax Credits that helped finance Edgewood Village. Garver also spoke on the planning and guidance the OHFA provided to AMHA to help make Edgewood Village a reality.

“Today we’re also celebrating a very important milestone in AMHA’s history, and that is our 75th anniversary,” O’Leary said. “AMHA was founded in 1938. For 75 years, we’ve focused on provided decent, safe and affordable housing for those in need in the Summit County community. Just as in 1938, housing remains the most important prerequisite, other than food, for a human being to have a sense of place and purpose. It’s really in that spirit that we acknowledge the completion of the senior building and honor Marian T. Hall. To all those who came before us and built the foundation for success, we’re extremely grateful for all that you’ve contributed.”

 

Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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