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RT @chpn: Groundbreaking set for Old Armstrong Redevelopment https://t.co/EjIy2u1kKu
I thought I heard that we did not receive the large grant that we applied for to make this happen. Any news on that?
“Winning the grant would have set the redevelopment on a five-year timeline. Now, the housing authority and next administration are staring down a decade-long process. It begins with long-delayed demolition and construction at the site of the old Armstrong High School on 31st Street, Somanath said. “
Ok great. Thanks John.
Well I hope that they do tear down that school. Something new needs to be put there
This project looks like an almost doubling in the size of Creighton Court. So far I hear no meaningful reason why anyone would buy into the proposed percentage of market-rate housing in a rebuilt Creighton court. This then looks like many similar projects before it going all the way back to the Pruitt Igoe housing project in St. Louis, in that, while it is billed as mixed income, it will quickly become a 900 unit deep poverty housing project. That is not a decentralization of poverty in Richmond. That is instead a significant expansion of the center of east end… Read more »
Based on conversations with Dr. Newbille and aides in the mayor’s office, I understand this project as a beautification of Creighton Court. The majority of residents are supposed to move into new housing while a minority of new residences will be devoted to non-Creighton folks. When I have asked Dr. Newbille, among other city officials, about how they are going to attract non-public housing project people to the area, they repeat constantly that the houses will attract those people. They also speak very little about the kind of wraparound services and amenities (e.g. GRTC bus routes, pharmacies, eateries, laundromats, daycares,… Read more »
Wow there is a lot of misinformation out here, especially comments 5 and 6. There is no excuse for this level of misinformation. Start here: http://richmondmagazine.com/features/creighton-court/
The grocery, 9 Mile Road improvements, Bon Secours expansion, Parsleys, and Armstrong development will continue regardless of the Choice grant.
#7–Please pass along if you are in the know about this redevelopment plan beyond the article in Richmond Magazine, which I’ve already read. I’m concerned about how city officials are going to attract non-public project housing folks to live in new residences. How exactly are city representatives going to win the hearts and minds of those folks when they have pointedly said that they have not secured all the money for the various projects proposed (that may potentially attract these people)? I’ve asked Dr. Newbille, Thad Williamson, among others, these questions, and they’ve said that the city has not secured… Read more »
@#7, I reread the richmond mag article. An excerpt below from that article sums up the issue reasonably well. ‘”Why would you want to live next to me when I’m paying $50 a month in rent, and you’re paying $775, when I got kids and you don’t, when I got drama and you don’t?” says Niema Johnson, a 15-year resident of Creighton.’ That’s a thoughtful question that requires an actual answer. I have yet to see that answer, and the entire success of the Creighton Court Redevelopment part of the 9 Mile plans depends on market rate and “workforce” rate… Read more »