Celia Saxon Neighborhood Revitalization

Columbia, SC

Columbia, South Carolina

The revitalization of the Celia Saxon Homes Community strives to forge a physically and socially vibrant neighborhood out of a distressed public housing project through the auspices of the Department of Housing and Urban Developmentā€™s HOPE VI program.

The development consists of residential units, a relocated Wellness Center in the improved Drew Park, a Commercial Center, and elderly cottages developed by the Columbia Housing Authority. The property is located between Harden Street and Chestnut Street to the south and north, with the Norfolk Southern Railroad to the west and Barhamville to the east within the City of Columbia. The first phase of the project, Lower Saxon, received approval as PUD-R, and comprises rental residential homes and elderly cottages. These homes have either 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms in standard and accessible floor plan configurations.

The plan provides a variety of homes for prospective purchasers and renters. These occupants include former residents from Saxon Homes, in addition to retirees, empty nesters, first-time home buyers, single-parents, and young professionals. The development has been skillfully landscaped and illuminated to create a traditional neighborhood feeling.

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Project Data

259 total residential units
75 rental residential units
10 elderly cottages
wellness center
commercial center


Architectural Design
Construction Phase Services
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Master Planning
Neighborhood Planning
Site Plan Approval
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