2021 Homecoming Celebration
A Partnered Approach to Redevelopment
In 2018, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency awarded federal housing tax credits for a new apartment complex at former-Lee Walker Heights. This notable award was the culmination of joint efforts between Mountain Housing Opportunities and Asheville Housing Authority. With these funds, the MHO and HACA teams committed themselves to rebuilding the historic yet aged Lee Walker Heights community, originally built in 1950 as the first public housing community in Asheville. As a part of this commitment, the residents in the original 96 units of Lee Walker Heights were provided temporary housing throughout the demolition and construction process—as were they promised relocation aid and an apartment in the brand new Maple Crest community, if they chose to return.
Residents of the late Lee Walker Heights community were deeply involved in the new build. They provided insightful feedback that helped guide the planning of the Maple Crest community and even had the option to be a part of the Resident Advisory Committee. Along with the Energy Star appliances and low-flow plumbing fixtures, Maple Crest at Lee Walker Heights boasts 9,000 square feet of common areas, including play areas, community rooms, and bike storage and repair. In order to connect the residents to public transportation and prosperous downtown, the build includes a second access road to Biltmore Avenue.
This unique redeveloped neighborhood features a stunning 212-unit, mixed-income neighborhood in the heart of downtown Asheville. 96 units in the community are deeply affordable and highly subsidized, while the remaining 116 units are reserved for those who make 60 percent of the median income for the area. The Maple Crest community consists of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments that are energy efficient and transient-oriented.
Celebration of the Maple Crest Community
On November 17, 2021, Mountain Housing Opportunities and the Asheville Housing Authority proudly celebrated the homecoming of Maple Crest at Lee Walker Heights community. Together, we welcomed back past and present residents of our Lee Walker Heights community with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Covid-safe facilities walkthrough at this new notable location. This celebration was one to remember as we honored the past and looked forward to a fantastic future.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Without our prestigious sponsors, projects like the Maple Crest community would not be possible. Their commitment allows Mountain Housing Opportunities and the Asheville Housing Authority to develop resilient communities that provide affordable housing, promote a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities principally for low- and moderate-income persons across Western North Carolina.