Up & Coming Weekly

October 31, 2017

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NOVEMBER 1 - 7, 2017 UCW 29 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Hope Mills News & Views EVENTS Millstone Landing opened and is already completely leased by ERICA WALLS Friday, Oct. 20, Millstone Landing had its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. e 88-unit apartment complex, located behind Stone eatres' Millstone 14, is an affordable housing complex and is already at full capacity. Millstone Landing is a manifestation of a public-private partnership that includes public and private investments but is pri- vately owned and managed. Murray Duggins, chairman of United Developers, Inc., has been developing affordable housing for 40 years since his first one at Village Green. Duggins said he believes his company has developed over 100 different complexes. "We are committed to doing this and are pleased to be part of the Housing Finance Agency group," Duggins said as he welcomed the guests. He intro- duced his wife, Nancy, and his children, Denise, Wade, Murray and his son-in-law, Jim Smith. Dug- gins said, "is is a family business, and I think it's important to know that we're in this for the long haul. We're not in it just to get in and get out." Guests included Paul Kennedy, Board of Directors for North Carolina Housing Finance Agency; Nirav Shaw, Community Investment and Lending from Wells Fargo Bank; Mayor Jackie Warner of the town of Hope Mills; Mayor Nat Robertson of the city of Fayetteville; N.C. House Representative John Szoka, R-N.C.; Chris Maples from NC Representative Richard Hudson's office, R-N.C.; and Janet Bradberry of Senator Richard Burr's office., R-N.C. Kennedy praised United Developers, Inc. on its level of quality and stated that these are the best properties because they are here to stay. He informed guests that Congress gives bipartisan sup- port to developments such as Millstone Landing and that $1 private money is about equal to $5 federal with projects such as this. e development cost $10.6 million and has pro- vided over 200 jobs. Sixty days after completion, the complex was completely leased with each unit filled. Mayor Jackie Warner said, "We are very proud to have Millstone Landing here." She continued by explaining that Hope Mills is in a productive and eco- nomic state of growth because "if you build it, they will come to Hope Mills, and that is wonderful for us." Hope Mills is a community now because it is walk- able and there are family functions on the weekends. Families that live in Millstone Landing will be able to participate in these functions because they have easy access and will also be in close proximity to the shop- ping district. Mayor Nat Robertson said, "We are one community, and I'm proud to stand up here with Jackie and wel- come such a great-looking project because of the great quality of work. It's great to have United as a partner." Rep. Szoka said that public-private partnerships work and that he is happy to vote for budgets that put more money into the North Carolina Housing Financing Agency. He said he knows projects like Millstone Landing will not be around for just two or three years but for many years to come because of the quality of work and effort that United Develop- ers, Inc. puts into its projects. What's 'Up & Coming' in Hope Mills? a STAFF REPORT • Nov. 2 Hope Meals See flyer, right. • Nov. 4-12 Heroes Homecoming V at the Hope Mills Public Library, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 4 is the first day of a nine-day ceremonious event to honor veterans. e focus will be on Vietnam veterans. Visit www.heroeshome- coming.com for more information. e event is free and open to the public. • Nov. 4 - 12 Cumberland County's display of Missing Man Tables e public is invited to tour these tables, thank the businesses par- ticipating and – most importantly – honor our MIA/POW soldiers. Visit www.heroeshomecoming.com for details. • Nov. 5 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ceremo- ny and Flag Display hosted by e Hope Mills Veterans Advisory Commission at the Hope Mills Veterans Memorial from 3-4:30 p.m. Spe- cial guest speaker will be retired Lt. Col. Walt Brinker. Free and open to the public. • Nov. 6 Bench Dedication at Hope Mills Lake by the Hope Mills VFW Post 10630. e dedi- cation starts at 5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Visit www.heroeshomecoming. com for details. • Nov. 8 Veteran Movie Extravaganza Millstone 14 on Camden Road in Hope Mills will honor veterans by presenting an evening of military-themed movies. e event is free for veterans and their families. e event begins at 4 p.m., and space is limited. Call (910) 354-2124. • Nov. 10 Building Dedication Ceremony by VFW Post 10630 honoring retired CW4 Edwin S. Deaver, former Hope Mills mayor and commissioner. • Nov. 11 Veterans Day event at VFW Post 10630 3-5 p.m. Call (910) 424-4555 for details. Millstone Landing, a new housing complex behind Millstone 14, had its Grand Opening Oct. 20. ERICA WALLS, Contributing Writer. COMMENTS? hopemills@upand- comingweekly.com. (910) 484-6200.

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