JEFFERSON-A community housing advocacy agency could shortly breath new life into the old Jefferson Hospital that currently sits vacant across from the county’s health department.
During Monday’s Ashe County Board of Commissioners’ meeting, Commissioner Larry Rhodes divulged information about the aging stone building’s futures. Rhodes later confirmed these details during an interview with the Post Wednesday afternoon.
According to Rhodes, Northwestern Regional Housing Authority has purchased the old hospital and plans to transform it into an affordable housing complex that will specifically cater to senior citizens and those individuals with disabilities. He said the complex may be joined by a community center and various offices.
The housing authority is led by Director Ned Fowler, who will be on hand to discuss the matter further during the July 18 commissioners’ meeting. Fowler was unavailable for comment Wednesday. A receptionist at NWRHA said he would most likely not respond to messages until next week when he returns from vacation.
Rhodes said the upcoming presentation by Fowler will likely be an informational item only. He does not expect a funding request from the agency to assist with the project.
“Normally, they don’t asking for county funding,” said Rhodes. “Normally when they come into the area, the bank account they bring with them takes care of that.”
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.