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Ground breaking at old Armstrong High School Site

Thanks to Emily K. for the tip! 8News Kerri O’Brien reports:

The $26 million first phase of the development, which will include 105 apartments, is set to begin. Sixty Creighton Court families will get a chance to choose to live in the mixed-income community.

“It’s been five years in the making,” Orlando Artze, the interim CEO for the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA), said. I think a lot of families got disillusioned, didn’t think it was going to happen.”

Creighton court residents will be able to apply next year.

Rent will be subsidized. There are some requirements to be eligible. The first phase is expected to be finished in late 2019. When all of the phases are done, 256 families will have an opportunity to live at Church Hill North.

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Mark
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Mark

Yay.. cant wait for this to be trashed in a couple years..

This is bringing crime into Church Hill.

Matthew
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Matthew

You are so right, Mark! It’s just so clear to all of us smart folks that redeveloping decrepit, 70-year-old public housing complexes into modern mixed income communities is going to be the end of Church Hill. Get out while you can, brother.

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Running Dog

Mark, crime is already in church hill, the police are doing a great job. Maybe supporting them and when and if you see something going down call. This is a plus for our community and for those who are less fortunate. Have faith for a better tomorrow.

Mars
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Mars

The purpose is to start to get rid of concentrated poverty and hopefully start to demolish Creighton Court. The problem I see is getting anyone other than low income residents to move into it. This, along with the Glenwood project, should help to disburse concentrated poverty a little better.

Mike
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Mike

Who would move to this? It’s going to end up as 100% subsidized and in 20 years it’ll be a creighton court 2.0

Time to move. Not looking forward to the crime this brings.

SA Chaplin
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SA Chaplin

Why do so many people blithely accept that government should be in the housing business? Housing is a private sector matter. Concentrated poverty, and these supposed “remedies” would not be a point of discussion if government just stayed the heck out of it.

Joshua
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Joshua

I have to side with the grumpy grumps on this one.

I don’t see how moving residents across the street is going to change anything. I find it unlikely that people would buy a house in this development knowing the crime statics of the future residents. But that ship has sailed and the project has been in development of years.

I hope for the best.

Dubois2
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Dubois2

By my math, that comes out to just below $250,000 of SPENDING per apartment. Does that sound right?

John
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John

I would move to Church Hill if RVA could put an end to the murders and shootings that happen on a nightly basis. I have no idea if this plan is going to work.I applaud that something new is being attempted.