Employment opportunities planned for RRHA community members, residents of the neighborhood surrounding the redevelopment area, and participants of Richmond’s Workforce Development Pipeline
Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA), Laurel Street Residential, the Master Developer for the Dove Street Redevelopment effort, and general contractor NorSouth Construction have started construction work for Phase I of the Dove Street Redevelopment effort.
Phase I of the Dove Street Redevelopment will consist of 80 affordable rental units to be located on the former Carrington Gardens-Northridge apartments site and the former Dove Court public housing site. The 80 units will be in 30 separate buildings designed to reflect and compliment the architecture of the adjacent Highland Park neighborhood.
All of the rental units in the new community will be privately managed. Admission criteria include a preference for households in which all adults are employed, in school, or in job training for at least 30 hours a week, with an exception for elderly and disabled persons. Prospective residents will have the opportunity to apply for Phase I units beginning fall 2012. The Phase I units are expected to be completed in spring 2013. Phase II of the redevelopment is expected to begin in early 2013.
“RRHA is delighted to take this symbolic first step in transforming Dove Street into a vibrant community of quality, affordable, mixed-income housing. This is a major step for our community members and the entire City of Richmond,” said Adrienne E. Goolsby, Chief Executive Officer at RRHA. “We are thankful for the support and collaboration of the City of Richmond, the Office of the Mayor, and the community at large. This redevelopment effort will increase educational, economic and overall quality of life opportunities for the Dove and surrounding communities. We are extremely excited about bringing this dynamic redevelopment effort to fruition.”
Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones added: “The Dove Street redevelopment, in my view, has the potential to spur the revitalization of North Highland Park and link this community to the surrounding neighborhoods of Green Park and Barton Heights. This is a comprehensive neighborhood transformation and the first major redevelopment of a former public housing site in the city of Richmond since 1997. I’m pleased we were able to help get this project moving. Additionally, what we will be able to learn from the Dove project will inform and help us with our overall efforts to transform the face of public housing in the city of Richmond.”