Community to gather in celebration of South Rocky Mount

The public is invited to join the South Rocky Mount Community Civic Organization, the city of Rocky Mount, Woda Cooper Companies, community leaders and others during a Celebrating South Rocky Mount event on Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9am-1pm.

Celebrating South Rocky Mount will take place at the South Rocky Mount Community Center and at the nearby Ravenwood Crossing, a new development of affordable apartment homes for families, singles and seniors.

During the event, there will be a ribbon cutting for the new playground at the South Rocky Mount Community Center, located at 719 Recreation Dr. Free activities for kids will be available, including bounce houses, and vendors will share resources to enhance job skills for adults.

Among city officials and dignitaries scheduled to speak will be Norris Tolson, CEO & president for the Carolinas Gateway Partnership, who will provide information on incoming industry.

Speakers from the local colleges will address efforts regarding job preparation.

Food and refreshments will be provided at the South Rocky Mount Community Center while they last.

Attendees are also invited to see the new Ravenwood Crossing at 640 Ravenwood Drive. Developed by nationally-recognized affordable housing developer Woda Cooper Companies, Inc., Ravenwood Crossing was made possible in part through support by the city of Rocky Mount, as well as through federal tax credits and state funding allocated by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency.

Ravenwood Crossing staff will also provide tours of their facilities, including 80 one, two and three-bedroom townhomes with ENERGYSTAR appliances and family-friendly amenities. Woda Cooper staff will also share leasing information to potential residents and serve refreshments. The Rocky Mount Fire Department will be there to display equipment.

“Celebrating South Rocky Mount is about honoring the residents and businesses and the work the city has done there,” Councilmember Lois Watkins said. “There have been a lot of positive changes. We hope people who are not familiar with South Rocky Mount will come out and see how beautiful a community it is.”

Woda Cooper Companies shares that sentiment. Said Denis Blackburne, Woda Cooper’s senior vice president:

“The city should be commended for its vibrant South Rocky Mount Community Center and enthusiasm for supporting the expansion of high-quality, affordable homes for 80 families. The energy-efficient apartments will mean low monthly utility bills for residents, and features such as a clubroom, laundry facility, fitness center, playground, BBQ area and onsite manager will create a family-friendly atmosphere and wonderful place for Rocky Mount residents to call home.”


Source: Tameka Kenan-Norman, city of Rocky Mount, NC

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