J.J. Henderson Towers is Now Open

Nov 02 2022

Last week, MHAworks was honored to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated J.J. Henderson Towers in Durham, North Carolina. Members of the Durham Housing Authority (DHA), Florian Companies, California Commercial Investment Companies, local and state representatives, the design and construction team, and community residents gathered to celebrate and tour the new facility.

Originally constructed in 1979, J.J. Henderson Towers has provided affordable housing designated for seniors, 62-years or older, and disabled community members in downtown Durham for decades. The building is one of DHA’s six sites included in DHA Downtown and Neighborhood Plan (DDNP); this plan preserves and develops over 2,400 mixed-income units to serve residents at various area medium income (AMI) in apartment complexes ranging from studios to three-bedrooms.

Renovations to each of the 177 units in this nine-story apartment building included installing energy-efficient appliances, new kitchen casework and new interior finishes to create a healthier living environment. Additional work included HVAC upgrades, upgrades to the building’s mechanical and electrical systems, improvements to interior air quality and a new roof.

The $31.2 million project was completed on time and on budget despite construction cost increases and the challenges of renovating a building while residents are occupying the space during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are proud to have help to restore a community in Durham that allows residents to afford to continue living in the city that they love and in a space that is safe, healthy and comfortable,’ said Jared Martinson, the director of MHAworks’ Durham office.