Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The Colony Apartments have been in the news lately, mostly for violent crimes, but that has put the Columbia development in the forefront for change.
"How can we really make a difference over there," J.T. McLawhorn said.
McLawhorn, who is the President of the Columbia Urban League, said the Colony Apartments on W. Beltline is missing a key component.
"The unfortunate thing about The Colony is that they don't have a community center," McLawhorn said. "It's important for people to gather, it's a gathering place for the residents who live there, also it provides an opportunity for supportive services to come in."
McLawhorn has talked with other organizations and churches to create a youth leadership program in The Colony.
But, he said management didn't cooperate.
We called the company but still haven't gotten a call back.
"The people who own The Colony apartments should be a little more engaged and providing the types of amenities that are necessary for a community to be healthy," he said.
The area is filled with single-family homes, but as McLawhorn said the quality of life isn't necessarily in your house, but what's near your neighborhood.
"These are essentials for a livable and healthy community and I think when communities do not have those types of amenities I think they suffer," he said.
With The Colony becoming more prominent in the realm of community issues, this could be the spark for change.
"There are many organizations that are very concerned about The Colony apartments," McLawhorn said. "People really want to make a difference, people want to help.
Currently, a petition that is circulating the community to get a park built behind The Colony.
So far, they have 1,500 signatures.