Freedom’s Path Exterior. Photo courtesy of Historic Augusta, Inc..
Cranston Engineering Group provided civil and structural design services and led the plan review and design of a three-building rehabilitation project for the Freedom’s Path buildings which opened in June 28, 2018. Two buildings from this project have been included in the 2018 Historic Preservation Awards presented by Historic Augusta, Inc. November 13, 2018. Historic Augusta recognizes outstanding historic preservation projects each year throughout the city.
The buildings were renovated as part of the Veterans Administration’s Enhanced-Use Lease to provide housing to homeless veterans and this program allows the federal agency to use underutilized land and property buildings on VA centers for homeless veterans or those at risk of being homeless. Building 7 has 20 studio apartments and Building 76 has 50 1-bedroom apartments, all of which are 100% rented.
Freedom’s Path, Buildings 7 and 76, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center Uptown Campus. Building 7 was built in 1923 and Building 76 was built in 1945, both as hospital wards. These buildings had been sitting vacant on the campus but are now part of the Veteran’s Administration’s Enhanced-Use Lease program. Both properties are under final review for state and federal certified rehabilitation tax credits.
A view of the interior, showing American pride.