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Rebirth on 31st Street

May 12, 2014 9:40 am by

Eleven families will soon be able to move into new or renovated homes on the west side of the 1100 block of 31st Street, a street that has been majority vacant for years.

The entire stretch of houses on 31st Street are being done simultaneously, the effect of which is amazing if you can remember the feeling of the block back in 2009 or before.

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1100 block of North 31st Street (undated, via project:Homes)

1100 block of North 31st Street (undated, via project:Homes)

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The work is being carried by project:Homes (formerly Elderhomes) and Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation as part of a $1,000,000+ City of Richmond Neighborhood Stabilization Program to convert blighted homes into affordable housing. The grant-funded program is focussing on 4 areas of the city: Jefferson Davis Highway/Chicago Avenue, Fairmount/Brauer, Oakwood/31st Street, and Mechanicsville Turnpike/Eastview.

A representative for project:Homes said at a recent open house that contracts are already in on a few of the houses. The 1,467 square foot, 2 bedroom/2 bath house at 1118 North 31st Street was listed at $99,000. The 3 bedroom/3 bath house at 1112 North 31st Street was listed at $110,000. 1114, 1116, and 1120 are all for sale for under $100,000.

Ten of the houses being worked on are vintage stock duplexes dating back to the turn of the last century. The exception is a new construction house being built the formerly vacant lot at 1104 North 31st Street. The duplex at 1100/1102 North 31st is privately owned and vacant, and not obviously under renovation.

The bulk of the houses on that side of the block were once owned by convicted swindler Justin French, and went into foreclosure back in 2012.

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1104 North 31st Street

1104 North 31st Street

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FOOD LAND / 1121 North 31st Street (11/2007) (demolished)

FOODLAND / 1121 North 31st Street (11/2007) (demolished)


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