Macon Loses Federal Grant for Tindall Heights Project

11:13 AM, Jun 4, 2010   |    comments
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The Macon Housing Authority has learned it won't get $22 million in federal money to revamp the Tindall Heights neighborhood.

Last year, authority executive director John Hiscox said they'd apply for a Hope VI Grant to demolish and rebuild Tindall Heights. The authority hoped to use the same type of grant they used a decade ago to rebuild the Oglethorpe Homes project into the new Beall's Hill neighborhood.

But on Friday, the housing authority announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development won't fund this year's application. They selected just six out of 44 Hope VI application, bypassing Macon's.

Hiscox planned to demolish the 412-unit housing project south of Mercer and Little Richard Penneman Parkway and replace it with a new 443-unit development.

He called Tindall Heights, built in the 1940s, "old, ugly and obsolete."

If built, the new housing units would include 182 public housing units, 230 low-income housing tax credit units and 31 market rate units. They would include a combination of single family homes and townhouses. The plan also calls for an early childhood center, as well as small retail stores and a grocery store.

In a news release, Hiscox wrote that the housing authority plans to reapply for the grant.

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