June 16, 2008

Genesis II Apartments for Seniors Holds Ribbon Cutting

By Candace Jarrett, Florence Morning News, S.C.

Jun. 16--MULLINS -- What began as a concept from visiting elderly church members in what was called "a not so good part" of Mullins manifested itself Sunday afternoon at the grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony of Genesis II Apartments Inc.

"It's been seven years, including the purchase of this land," said Dr. Mack T. Hines, pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church of Mullins. "We were coming down here the first Sunday each month to check on the elders (at the church) that lived in some old dilapidated apartments in the area."

Those apartments have since burned down, and the church purchased the land that boasts the 15-unit senior citizens apartment complex.

The complex was under construction for a little less than a year and is located at the corner of Week and Wine Streets.

It is available to those 62 and older.

Frank Brown is the first and currently the only tenant in the complex.

"It's great," he said. "This is awesome, period. I moved in on June 11, and all you're looking for is someone to treat you right and with mutual respect, and they did that."

Although Brown has lived in the complex alone for the past week, Thomasenia Robinson, the property manager with Orangeburg based N & H Enterprises, said it wouldn't be that way for long.

"If everything goes right with the paperwork, we could be moving people in as early as (Monday)," Brown said.

Water, sewage, pest control, garbage collection and grounds maintenance are included in the rental fee, which is based on an individual's ability to pay.

At the ceremony, Hines thanked his church congregation for its support in the project, along with Mullins Mayor Kenneth McDonald, Marion County Councilman Milton Troy, Sen. Kent Williams of Marion, Reps. Terry Alexander of Florence and Jim Battle of Nichols, and members of the Genesis II Board of Directors, most of whom were at the event.

"Somehow somebody passed by a very blighted area and saw something good," Troy said. "It's a very good example of what faith can do along with the community working together. This right here is the end result."

Grant writers for the project are RDA Housing Consultants Inc. of Columbia, owned by Renda and N. Wayne Allen, who helped attain a $1.46 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the project

The architect is John A. Fisher of Florence.

The Genesis project will receive $42,000 in yearly rent subsidies that are guaranteed for the first five years and can be renewed every five years afterward.

For more information about living at Genesis II Apartments, contact Lynn Hall, regional property manager, at (800) 632-3066.


To see more of the Florence Morning News or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http://www.morningnewsonline.com.

Copyright (c) 2008, Florence Morning News, S.C.

Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

For reprints, email [email protected], call 800-374-7985 or 847-635-6550, send a fax to 847-635-6968, or write to The Permissions Group Inc., 1247 Milwaukee Ave., Suite 303, Glenview, IL 60025, USA.