After three years of fundraising, lease negotiations, planning, and construction, CrossRoads and the Grier Heights community held a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the opening of the renovated and restored historic Billingsville Rosenwald School as the new Grier Heights Community Center. The event immediately following the 50th annual Grier Heights Homecoming Parade, and was attended by hundreds of old and new Grier Heights neighbors.
“The Billingsville Elementary School has always been a staple and historic landmark in our hearts and in our community. We are overjoyed by the hard work and collaborative efforts that will finally bring this restoration to light in the community and the City of Charlotte,” said Gloria Bell-Green, President of the Grier Heights Community Improvement Organization. “There are not enough ways to extend our gratitude and say thank you to our community partners for their financial support and faith as we celebrate this dream becoming a reality.”
Over the past several years, the original Billingsville School was seldom used and not in compliance with building codes. It has now been renovated and restored into a vibrant community center for the Grier Heights neighborhood with plans for the provision of services to children, adults, and senior citizens that will meet the critical needs of the neighborhood.