NRHA Seeks HUD Hope VI Grant for Moton Circle

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Ed Ware

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Wed, 07/12/2006

Norfolk, VA (July 12, 2006) – Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) is seeking a $20 million Hope VI grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to revitalize the 138-unit Moton Circle public housing community. The 54-year-old community sits on 11 acres just northwest of NRHA's Broad Creek development (1.5 miles east of downtown), which is being funded by a $35 million grant received in 2000.

Construction of 634 rental and homeownership units at Broad Creek, to replace 767 apartments in the former Roberts Village and Bowling Green public housing communities, began in 2002. The $35 million grant has been leveraged into a $260 million public/ private investment. Broad Creek is recognized as a national model for mixed- use, mixed-income communities and won two 2006 Awards of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

Despite the success of the 2000 Hope VI grant, much remains to complete revitalization of Broad Creek as identified in the 2004 Broad Creek Revitalization and Plan Book prepared by the planning firm of Wallace, Roberts and Todd. Moton redevelopment creates a new housing mix that would still offer 138 assisted rental units, while supporting a more sustainable, diverse and blended income community.

Additionally, NRHA proposes to refurbish and reposition its Mission College community, a 260-unit market-rate apartment complex located on 13 acres adjacent to Moton Circle, as well as add 40 units to its Franklin Arms seniors complex. Revitalization of the Douglas Park neighborhood, which is adjacent to Moton Circle and Mission College, is recommended in the plan redevelopment. NRHA, assisted by a consulting team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Urban and Regional Studies, is currently conducting a “blight” study of this neighborhood.

A pubic design workshop was conducted by CMSS Architects and VHB Engineers and Planners from June 14-15. Initial recommendations call for demolition and rebuilding of Moton Circle, repositioning of Mission College, and an addition to Franklin Arms as a mixed-income, mixed-use community.

Other initiatives underway in the Broad Creek area include a possible $90 million Salvation Army Kroc Center (where a new city library would be co- located), two stations along the City's proposed 7.5-mile light rail project recently endorsed by the Federal Transit Administration, as well as a retail center at the intersection of Ballentine and Virginia Beach Boulevards. The HUD award of Fiscal Year 2006 Hope VI grants is expected in September or October of this year.

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Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities. As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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