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Highland Hall nabs award nomination

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Highland Hall’s Senior Housing project is a nominee for the Anchor Building Award through the Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s Townie Awards.

Projects nominated for the award must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2019.

Blair County Planning Commission members recently offered support for Highland Hall’s nomination.

“The saving and restoration of the badly deteriorated Highland Hall structure will allow generations to come to enjoy the architectural beauty of this highly important historic landmark,” said Jamie L. Klink, regional planner. “The Blair County Planning Commission greatly appreciates the efforts to save and preserve the historic Highland Hall structure, while furthering the county’s vision and goals pertaining to historic preservation, adaptive reuse, housing and blight. We offer our overwhelming support of Highland Hall’s nomination for the Anchor Building Award.”

The development team for the project was led by S&A Homes of State College.

“It is an example of community organizations coming together to remove blight, an example of taking an old vacant property and turning it into a useful property,” said S&A Homes Executive Vice President Andy Haines.

Previously, Highland Hall Senior Housing was chosen as the senior housing winner in Affordable Housing Finance magazine’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards.

The project provides 53 units of senior affordable housing to the residents of that community. Highland Hall, originally built in 1867, is listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places as well as being a significant structure in the Hollidaysburg Historic District.

Prior to its current res­toration, the building was vacant for 15 years and was in a state of disrepair with serious structural problems.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.

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