Walton Community Services Holds Ribbon Cutting for Columbia County Expansion


Augusta, GA—Walton Community Services recently held a ribbon cutting for an expansion of its Planer Mill Village senior apartment complex in Harlem, Ga. The independent living community is the first multifamily project in Columbia County to be certified under Enterprise Green Communities (EGC)–and only the third such project to be certified in the state of Georgia.

Enterprise Green Communities is an independent program certifying green building practices for affordable, multifamily housing developers. Similar to LEED (Leadership in Enterprise and Environmental Design) green designation, EGC is distinct in its focus on bringing the benefits of green building to affordable housing developments.

As Walton Community Services’ 14th housing development project, the expansion of Planer Mill Village adds eight affordable and accessible one-bedroom units for seniors in Harlem, Ga. The project is supported through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Walton Community Services provides accessible living communities for seniors and those with disabilities in Columbia, Richmond and Aiken counties. To find out more, visit wrh.org/housing.

Photo IDs: James Labord; Dennis Skelley, President and CEO; Jesse Johnson; Bobby Culpepper, Mayor of Harlem; Kisha Cary-Spann, Housing Director; Beth Miller, Vice President; Cameron Pitts

Walton Community Services restores ability, hope and independence to those needing community support following temporary illness, injury or a life-changing disability. WCS provides independent living settings throughout the CSRA for families with disabilities and for seniors. Its partners also include Walton Options for Independent Living, which provides employment assistance and other services for those with disabilities; and Walton Foundation for Independence. For more information, visit www.wrh.org.