“Seeing how great the process went in Norfolk, I am so excited about what is in store for us in Richmond,” said Nicole Vines, as she stood in the dining room area of a garden-style apartment that is part of the revitalized Broad Creek community in Norfolk. “What I’m seeing today is completely beautiful and I’m feeling more and more confident about the process that is going to happen in Creighton and Whitcomb.”
Hines, who lives in Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (RRHA) Creighton community, was one of a bus-full of Creighton and Whitcomb community members who traveled to Norfolk on Friday, June 21, 2013 with RRHA and City of Richmond leaders, as well as other partners, to get a first-hand look at Norfolk’s Broad Creek community – once a public housing complex that now stands as a successful, vibrant, mixed-income community in Norfolk.
During the tour, RRHA residents were given insight into how The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB), the development firm behind the successful Broad Creek redevelopment, plans to continue to engage them –along with RRHA and the City of Richmond — throughout the redevelopment planning process for Creighton and Whitcomb. RRHA community members also heard from Broad Creek residents during the tour, as well as from the City’s Vice Mayor, Anthony Burfoot, about the City of Norfolk’s overall redevelopment effort to transform public housing.
Since 2010, RRHA and the City of Richmond have led several community conversation meetings and charrettes on revitalizing the East End by de-concentrating poverty and redeveloping RRHA’s Creighton and Whitcomb communities into mixed-income communities with an abundance of family, youth, educational and workforce supportive services. In April of this year, RRHA issued a Notice of Intent to Award to The Community Builders, Inc. for the Eastview, Whitcomb and Creighton Court/Nine Mile Road Area Transformation Effort. TCB, which has a wealth of experience in transforming neighborhoods all across the nation into successful, vibrant, sustainable and integrated communities, reinforced with residents during the tour the collective focus on holistic community revitalization that transcends the bricks and mortar and heightens the overall quality of life for families.
The tour is the latest in a series of activities that continue to involve and engage RRHA residents throughout the redevelopment planning process.
“I love that the redevelopment includes giving people options. I am excited about the possibilities,” said Whitcomb community member Tamara Sandiford during the tour. “It feels so good to be a part of this process.”