Blair County residents celebrated the reopening of a historic landmark on Thursday. Thanks to a multi-million dollar renovation project, Highland Hall, vacant for more than a decade, now has new life.
Developers, builders, community and political leaders cut the ribbon on the new Highland Hall senior housing project. At the day of celebration, you’d never know that the historic structure had become seriously dilapidated.
“I’m very proud of our achievement. We were unable to save the entire building in its original condition, but we’re paying respect to the property what it was for the community, so we’ve redesigned it to look like the original building, but it really isn’t the original building,” said developer Andrew Haines, S & A Homes Vice President.
Blair County resident Joan Ballash, who came to tour the new project, agrees with that assessment. She said, “I think the ambiance is still here and the grounds and the outside of the building seems to go so well with what it was previously. I can’t imagine anyone not being pleased with it.”
Nancy Ryan moved into the building a little more than a week ago. “I love the place. It’s beautiful. The decorations are gorgeous. They couldn’t have done a nicer job for the building.”
About half of Highland Hall’s 53 apartments have been rented. Subsidized rents run from $216 to #778 a month.
Haines said the $11 million project was funded by federal tax credits, low interest loans, and conventional financing.