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On Nov. 14, 2008, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to mark the grand opening of Celia Saxon Center, located at the intersection of Harden and Calhoun Streets in downtown Columbia, S.C. 

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About Celia Saxon Center
Columbia Housing Authority Developments, Inc. (CHAD), the non-profit arm of Columbia Housing Authority (CHA), has built a 32,000 square-foot retail space called Celia Saxon Center on 3.35 acres to benefit the residents of Celia Saxon and the surrounding neighborhood. 

Located at the intersection of Harden and Calhoun Streets in downtown Columbia, S.C., Celia Saxon Center officially opened for business during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 14, 2008. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn spoke at the event about the positive impact the new development will have on the community.

Celia Saxon Center includes a 20,000 square-foot Columbia Food Fresh Market, the first grocery store in the area in nearly 20 years, as well as a 3,000 square-foot branch of AllSouth Federal Credit Union, a $430 million financial institution that serves more than 84,000 members worldwide.

"We're thrilled to be part of the Celia Saxon community and look forward to serving the residents by providing financial products and education," said Bill Koehler, President/CEO of AllSouth Federal Credit Union.

To accommodate the increase in traffic and ensure easy access from Harden Street, Calhoun Street was extended across Harden Street, and a new traffic light was installed.

Retail space in Celia Saxon Center is still available for lease on the open market. Call Donna Gilbert at (803) 376-6153 to learn more.

RETAIL Program
In addition to serving the retail and banking needs of the community, the development has created over 50 full and part-time jobs of various skill levels.  CHAD has designed a training program called RETAIL (Retail Employment Training Aimed at Influencing Lives) to offer on-the-job training to residents in partnership with the businesses in Celia Saxon Center.    

The Columbia Food Fresh Market is now accepting applications for employment and the RETAIL program. Visit the store at 2016 Harden Street to apply in person.
The Vision
“We are so happy that our vision of bringing a retail center to this community has actually happened,” said CHA Executive Director Gilbert Walker.  “Best of all, we’ve also brought much needed jobs and an excellent training program to our residents, in addition to satisfying their shopping and banking needs.”

Celia Saxon Center completes the Celia Saxon Renaissance, which began in 2000 when CHA demolished the nearly 50-year-old Saxon Homes public housing community.  CHA completed dwelling unit construction in Celia Saxon on June 30, 2006, concluding a 7-year redevelopment effort funded by a mix of city, state and private financing, and a $25.8 million HOPE VI Revitalization Grant.  CHA built 164 rental apartments and town homes, and 93 single-family homes on 25 acres where Saxon Homes once stood, as well as 175 more units in the surrounding neighborhood.

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