With the redevelopment of the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (RRHA) Dove Street area underway and the first set of apartments to be completed in the first quarter of 2013, RRHA and its master developer, Laurel Street Residential, continue to ensure that the community is engaged throughout the redevelopment process. In an effort to signify a new beginning for the soon-to-be revitalized Dove community, RRHA and Laurel Street Residential will be holding a community meeting on Tuesday, November 20, to receive ideas and suggestions for a new name for the new community. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m., in the community room of RRHA’s 1611 4th Ave apartments.
RRHA has reached out to former residents of what was then Dove Court public housing, to encourage families to attend the Nov. 20 meeting and take part in the Dove rebranding effort. RRHA has held community meetings aimed at providing family self-sufficiency and workforce development support and services to former Dove Court families who have an interest in returning to the revitalized Dove community.
The upcoming Nov. 20 community meeting is open to the public. Community members who are not able to attend the meeting may provide their suggestions for a new community name on RRHA’s Facebook and/or Twitter sites:
About Dove Street Redevelopment
The revitalization of the Dove Street Area is a high priority for both the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the City of Richmond. The project area, located between the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike and 1st Avenue and adjacent to the Barton Heights, Green Park and Highland Park neighborhoods, encompasses the site of the former Dove Court public housing development, the site of the former Carrington Gardens/Northridge Apartments, the Dove Street Park and private property acquired by RRHA northwest of the Virginia National Guard Armory.
The redevelopment initiative will be executed in multiple phases over several years through 2015. The first phase will include the vertical construction of 80 tax credit rental units, as well as the associated site development and infrastructure work. Phase II will include 48 units.
The completed redevelopment is expected to include more than 250 units, including affordable rental units, affordable and market-rate homeownership units, a new school, a new park, and an adaptive re-use community space. RRHA and Laurel Street Residential plan to develop 60 units of rental housing affordable to households with incomes at or below 30 percent of Area Median Income.
Laurel Street Residential secured nearly $12 million in tax credit equity from Red Stone Equity Partners and $7.5 million in construction loan financing from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Community Development Banking for the 12-acre Phase I of the Dove Street redevelopment project. The remaining amount is funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development secured as a loan from RRHA.
The developers are seeking EarthCraft Multifamily certification — a stringent third party “green” building certification — for Dove Street Redevelopment. The redevelopment area’s solar power installation will meet at least 20% of electricity demand. Units will have wireless internet capabilities.
RRHA plays a key role in assuring the City of Richmond’s bright future and has been at the forefront of affordable housing community development for 70 years. RRHA is the largest housing authority in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Authority serves nearly 20,000 community members through its Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) programs. RRHA also manages neighborhood redevelopment and conservation programs throughout the City of Richmond. For more information, visit www.rrha.com.