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Bibb Co. gets ready to open affordable apartments for senior citizens

The towers are a part of a four phase project that is being built where the Tindall Heights Neighborhood once was.

The Tindall Seniors Towers are getting ready to open in west Macon, which means there will soon be more than 70 affordable apartments for senior citizens.

But before the towers were there, the land was home to the Tindall Heights Neighborhood for over 70 years.

It was a neighborhood that Annie Johnson says she lived in for almost 40 years.

“When it got too hot [and] you didn’t have air conditioning, we would make pillows outside and sleep outdoors,” said Johnson.

She says over time the neighborhood changed and eventually those changes led to her moving out.

“I mean it just wasn’t the same, but it’s still home,” said Johnson.

Almost 20 years later, Johnson says she is getting to go home thanks to a Macon-Bibb County Housing Authority project.

“It stood here for 75 or so years and was home to a lot of great people over the years, but over time it became obsolete,” said Housing Authority CEO, Mike Austin.

Austin says in 2016 they knocked down the neighborhood to build new affordable units for senior citizens and families.

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“$45 million of investment and that is a tremendous investment for this area,” said Austin.

Just two years after starting construction, Austin says the are almost done with the first phase, The Tindall Seniors Towers.

“It should be ready in about a month, and we'll start leasing that to people who are 62 years and older,” said Austin.

After that, Austin says they will finish the family units.

Johnson says this project could recreate the neighborhood that was so important to her and others in the community.

“Life brings on changes, and now I’m intending to see a different change of where I come from,” said Johnson.

Austin says they are preparing to lease the apartments. Anyone interested should call their office at 478-752-5000.

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