The crumbling Timothy House and Timothy Gardens housing complex was dedicated this week as Bowman Place and Homes at Monument, marking the latest redevelopment in the historic Clay Street neighborhood.
The dedication Monday came after about a year of construction to revamp the properties, which were in disrepair.
Homes for America, a local housing non-profit, purchased the Washington Street properties in 2015 after the National Foundation for Affordable Housing Solutions withdrew its application for state funding. Construction cost $7.5 million and began in early 2017.
“We were really delighted to be at the end of the road,” said Homes for America co-founder Trudy McFall.
At the dedication, McFall said, the Rev. Lois Boston of neighboring First Baptist Church described the history of the man for which the renovated structure is now named, the Rev. LeRoy Bowman. Bowman was a pastor at First Baptist for 60 years and a civil rights leader in Annapolis.
Homes for America will continue to provide resident services, including recreational and educational opportunities, through partnerships with the Stanton Community Center, the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, Anne Arundel Medical Center, and the Annapolis Rotary Club.
The facilities connect young people with summer camps and after-school activities and elderly residents with medical screenings and medicine-management assistance, among other things.
The Annapolis Rotary Club granted Homes for America $2,000 for health and wellness programs, and the non-profit has qualified for a community investment tax credit to fund an “upward mobility manager” position to connect residents with resources, said Julie McCabe, director of resident service programs.
“We’re really just kind of working from what residents want and need,” McCabe said.
Timothy House was a 60-unit apartment building for elderly people and those with disabilities. Timothy Gardens was a group of 21 townhomes for low- to moderate-income families. The aging properties, both built in 1978, were at the end of their useful life and suffered from deferred maintenance, city staff wrote in a 2013 memo.
Homes for America maintains two other properties in Annapolis, the Bay Forest Senior Apartments and Homes on the Glen.
As rental assistance properties under the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department Section 8 program, residents can use housing choice vouchers to help pay their rent.
The completion of the construction is the latest revamp for the Clay Street neighborhood, where a section of the Annapolis African-American population has lived since the 1920s. Obery Court and College Creek Terrace underwent a three-phase renovation ending in 2015.