College to host open house at Broad Street Apartments
May 4, 2012
After months of work, Callaway Foundation, Inc., will present the keys to the renovated Broad Street Apartments to LaGrange College on May 8. The occasion will be marked by an open house from 2:30–6 p.m. Parking will be available in the lot next to the PNC Bank drive-through.
A LaGrange landmark and now home to the college’s new Servant Scholars Program, the Broad Street Apartments were built in 1936 by the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation. Among the only apartments in the city at the time, they filled a vital housing gap and provided a first home for many families.
After falling into disrepair, the apartments were purchased by Callaway Foundation, Inc., in December 2009. The foundation funded their renovation, and the work was completed by Batson-Cook Co. of West Point.
Speer Burdette, President of Callaway Foundation, Inc., said project is a win-win for everyone.
“The renovation of Broad Street Apartments fulfills an important strategic goal of the Callaway Foundation … the infill of multi-family housing between downtown LaGrange and LaGrange College while bringing LaGrange College closer to downtown,” he said.
“The idea of this renovation has turned out to be a perfect union with the LaGrange College idea of the Servant Scholars Program. We are very pleased with this project and believe that it will both serve LaGrange College and greatly improve and beautify a prominent corner in our city.”
Dan McAlexander, president of LaGrange College, said he appreciates the Foundation’s continued support of the college and its students.
“The gift of this historic and beautiful building will give our Servant Scholars Program an ideal location from which to learn and to serve,” he said. “The program will encourage and support students who have been – through academics, campus leadership and service – transformed by their LaGrange College experience.”
The new initiative was developed after more than a year of study and is designed to help prepare the next generation of servant-leaders. On the leading edge of higher education, it offers opportunities unlike those at other institutions.
“This unique program gets to the heart of who we are – a community committed to helping our students become ethical and caring citizens of the world,” said Dr. Jack Slay, interim Servant Scholars director.
The Servant Scholars Program begins in the fall of 2012. The initiative brings students together for a two-year focus on scholarship directed at addressing community concerns.
When fully implemented, it will bring 12 LaGrange College juniors and 12 seniors to live and learn in the apartments. Located midway between campus and downtown LaGrange, the site provides the perfect location for students to work with community agencies to study needs in the community, and to decide how to meet them.
“Our Servant Scholars represent a tangible living out of the college’s vision,” McAlexander said. “We’re excited about bringing some of our best students into a program that will challenge them to transform their own lives and to change our communities.”