WELCH, WV (AP/WVNS) – Construction of an apartment-style housing complex for teachers was completed in McDowell County.

Construction on the $8 million Renaissance Village housing project started a year ago in Welch. The public-private group Reconnecting McDowell and the city of Welch say the apartments are now ready for renters.

The housing project is the centerpiece of a decade-long effort to revitalize the county’s schools and economy. Residential Manager, Whitney Bishop, said the goal was to attract and retain teachers.

“It was built for the teachers and educational professionals. But we’re also welcoming like working and retired families as well,” Bishop said.

Bishop said they are still working to finish a retail side of the complex.

“On the first and second floor we’re going to have JC’s Mercantile and 57 Coffee. On the second floor we’ll have a doctors office and maybe add some more residential apartments,” Bishop said.

She said they hope to have residents begin moving in by October 1, 2020. For more information, contact Bishop at (304)-890-1805 or Jerry Allen at (304)-877-8545.