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Staunton Mayor Carolyn Dull led ribbon cutting in late 2018 on a new VSH project that converted former office space at 1314 West Johnson into 8 new efficiency apartments..
In 2005, Valley Supportive Housing , then known as VACSI, purchased and renovated the former Effie Ann Daycare Center on Johnson Street in Staunton. After an extended period of negotiations and in the face of some local and city concerns, a temporary permit for the project was issued and construction began.
The original day care center building was renovated into six apartments and a large office space for the Valley Community Services Board (VCSB) PACT office. The rent from the PACT space was used to help subsidize the rents for residents.
A new, house-like building was added to the property to the west of the main building. The two-story structure had four apartments, two on each floor.
All apartments were light, attractive one-bedroom units with a fully equipped kitchen, living/dining room, full bath, bedroom and a new washer and drier. The rent includes heat and air conditioning, cable television and water.
Pursuant to its initial temporary permit, VSH went before the City Council again in 2008 and received not only a permanent permit, but the unanimous endorsement and support of council, the local newspaper and its community.
In 2014 the VCSB moved their PACT program out of the facility. In late 2018, Valley Supportive Housing completed renovating that space into 8 additional and needed efficiency apartments.
The Staunton free trolley stops nearby so that residents who don't drive can get about the city on errands. As a part of the construction, VSH added substantial water tank storage that enhances fire protection in the entire hilltop neighborhood. The facility also included storm drain improvements that also enhanced drainage from many other homes in the predominantly residential area.
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