Boom time: Demolition for public housing?
Charlottesville wants to redevelop its public housing projects. That means that everything from adding new foliage around the front doors to pulling a "Pruitt-Igoe," i.e. demolishing all the stuff, is on the table.
As usual for Charlottesville facelifts, Philadelphia-based Wallace Roberts Todd, or WRT, is running the show, and the first community meeting is Monday, June 29 at 6:30pm.
Other meetings will follow Tuesday, and interested citizens can follow the situation on a special redevelopment website.
Why is demolition an option? Because, according to the minutes of a May 11 consultants' meeting, maintaining the existing building inventory "will not be viable" for Housing Authority over the long-term.
In addition to finding that even wait-listed would-be residents won't move into the Westhaven complex on Hardy Drive, the apartments owned by the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority are "not comparable to what is available in the private marketplace, and that gap will continue to widen if the Housing Authority does not pursue rehab and/or redevelopment strategies."