Hahn Village is eventually coming down.
Demolition commenced Monday on the deserted general public housing elaborate, situated off Laurens Road in close proximity to downtown Aiken, mentioned Aiken Housing Authority CEO Chanosha Lawton.
Lawton claimed that the abatement procedure to take out asbestos was accomplished lately, with the actual physical demolition now in a position to begin. The method need to be finished all around mid-July, no later than the beginning of August, in accordance to Lawton.
A crawler excavator could be noticed at the web page Monday, tearing down one particular of the buildings and producing a pile of rubble.
The Division of Housing and City Development approved an application to raze the sophisticated in 2019, with those people who lived there being relocated. There are no tenants at this time housed there.
No designs have been finalized as to what will happen with the land post-demolition.
“The land has not been marketed, and we’re even now working with the board on building a ultimate conclusion as to what we will be executing with the land once the demolition is done,” Lawton said.
Hahn Village, developed many years back, is at the heart of Aiken’s sole option zone, a designated place that gives tax incentives to buyers. The federal program was understood in the Tax Cuts and Positions Act, signed by then-President Donald Trump.
Aiken Town Councilwoman Lessie Cost, who signifies the city’s 2nd district which consists of Hahn Village, reported she’s pleased to see the demolition begin and “it is really a extensive time coming.”
Value said she has listened to that there could be opportunities for combined-use housing on the land, of which the Aiken Common has beforehand noted on the risk. Absolutely nothing is finalized nonetheless, although, as Lawton said.
“We are all wanting forward to the start of new development in that place,” Price tag said.