At Tricycle Gardens 6:00pm this Wednesday evening (01/04) there will be a meeting between Union Hill residents and Councilwoman Newbille. We have asked her to meet in order to address our concerns over the BHC development being appealed to city council. This development, 52 units of affordable housing spread between three apartment buildings, was presented at the November 22nd CAR meeting. The structures include the current Citadel of Hope being refurbished to house 12 units, one new three-story apartment building on Venable to house four units and two commercial spaces, and one new three-story apartment building on Jessamine street to hold 36 units.
Union Hill residents turned out in force to oppose the project, citing social and safety implications of the central parking lot, the scale of the 36 unit buildings, and the aesthetic of the design. The Commission of Architectural Review rejected the proposal at their November meeting. It is expected that the developer (Better Housing Coalition) will seek to have City Council override the ruling.