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This moment in Fairmount

April 29, 2017 5:54 pm by

When I first moved to 23rd Street in Fairmount back in 2003, I came into a community that was half-way through a historic, stabilizing push by Better Housing Coalition that eventually saw more than 90 houses be rehabbed or newly built.

This work, in coordination with the efforts of Mary Thompson and her neighbors through the New Vision Civic League, helped pull this corner of the greater Church Hill area back from an almost impossible-to-conceive vacancy and decrepitude.

Work in the area went quiet around 2009 or so, until maybe the last 18 months. The momentum right now feels like a special moment for Fairmount.

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1200 block of 22nd Street (circa 1990)



1100 block of 23rd Street (circa 1990)



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Work in the area peaked in 2009 with BHC’s award-winning rehab at 2008 Fairmount Avenue, and soon after hit a pause until a year or so ago. The area was especially hard-hit during the economic problems of the late 2000s, with both multiple foreclosures on almost every block and an alarming amount of housing stock being held vacant by speculators.

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2008 Fairmount Avenue (2004/2007/2009)



Foreclosures 2008-2011



1216 and 1218 North 24th Street (2009)

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Now, though, there is something of an entirely new type and scale happening, with notable market-driven renovation and new construction from Carrington Street to Fairmount Avenue. And this without yet having the Citadel of Hope development to the south or the new grocery store to the north.

If you’re interested in southern Fairmount, come out to the next New Visions Civic League meeting on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 10:00 AM at the East End Library.

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Renovation underway at 1200 23rd Street. House went vacant in 2008.



Renovation underway on Pink Street, with new construction planned for vacant lot to the left. That same block in 1990s →

New construction at Carrington and Pink Street



Recently sold on 1200 block of 20th Street



Owned by developer Sterling Bilder



Site of planned construction – Carrington between 22nd and 23rd



Recent renovation on the 1100 block of 24th Street



Renovation underway on 1100 block of 23rd Street



Vacants at 22nd and Fairmount (NE)



1100 block of 20th Street



Recently renovated on 1100 block of 20th Street



Richmond Cycling Corps headquarters – 22nd and Fairmount (SW) (BEFORE)



Renovation underway at 20th and Fairmount



1206 North 23rd Street (2003/2017)


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