This looks promising but we have some questions…
The space where the Armstrong High School once stood place is now a development for “affordable” housing. The project consists of 256 units total with, so far, 125 being built first. This is potentially an opportunity to have a thriving neighborhood if it’s run well.
It is nice to see some progress because, as reported by the Richmond Free Press in 2017, the Creighton redevelopment needed $4.9 million to cover the first phase of apartments. Surrounding the area there’s also not a lot of evident development happening by the East Lawn Shopping Center (also sold in August 2017). The proposed building would be part of this “Church Hill North Redevelopment project” which would also house “recreational and educational activities”. Not sure if this is still happening since T.K. Somanath stepped down.
Nevertheless, this area of the East End shows signs of continued growth as exemplified by the Sarah Garland Jones Center, the fabulous Front Porch Cafe, the Market at 25th and The Kitchen at Reynolds. This means more than ever that responsible urban development and organizations like Urban Hope continue to be part of the solution.
Now this looks promising, but we have some questions:
- What is considered ‘affordable’ and who defines that?
- Is this another form of public housing?
- This was deemed to be a replacement for Creighton Court, what’s going to happen to the current residents?
- What’s the status of fixing the roads in that area? The potholes on 31st are insane
*Updating article as we get information
- Low income housing tax credit program (Thanks Matt W.)