Fairmount gets some good words

08/25/2006 11:27 AM by

The RTD takes a look at Fairmount in Lookin’ good in the neighborhood.

1100 block of 23rd Street in Fairmount

From the article:

Fairmount, one of Richmond’s streetcar suburbs, could soon get another tool in its battle with blight.

“City officials are working to get [Fairmount] recognized as a state and national historic district in hopes of encouraging private reinvestment. Such recognition would allow property owners to receive tax credits for up to 45 percent of certain renovation costs.”


And while Fairmount might not have the historic panache of Church Hill or Jackson Ward, it does have historic importance locally, Potterfield said.

Much of the neighborhood was developed from the 1880s to the 1920s, and its buildings largely reflect Queen Anne-style architecture, Potterfield said. About 700 buildings are expected to be surveyed as part of a yearlong process to prepare the nomination.

Props to Mary Thompson and Augustine Carter for doing such great things back this way for so long and a woot woot for the New Visions Civic League. Thumbs up to Better Housing Coalition, too, for making a concrete difference.

If you don’t know this area too well, check out the new houses on Short Q Street between 22nd and 23rd, and the renovations and construction happening on the 1100 and 1200 blocks of 22nd/23rd/24th (for example).



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