Editorial: For St. Paul’s Plan to Work, Norfolk Must do Better

July 23, 2017

THE NORFOLK City Council on Tuesday made the prudent, if frustrating, decision to delay launching the massive redevelopment effort in St. Paul’s Quadrant, a parcel of about 200 acres near the heart of downtown.

Prudent, because residents from the affected area voiced criticism at the meeting that the city has not done an effective job of spelling out what will happen when public housing is demolished and new construction begins.

And frustrating because those same concerns reflect a failure by public officials to advance a project that, as has been said here and elsewhere, presents the greatest redevelopment opportunity in any major American city…

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Most of Norfolk’s Public Housing Could be Gone in a Decade Under Ambitious New Plan

July 18, 2017

The vision is ambitious: Demolish more than 1,600 units of aging public housing clustered east of downtown Norfolk over the course of a decade.

Bit by bit, rebuild the area – sometimes called “St. Paul’s” – into mixed-income neighborhoods, where parks, gardens, shops and offices join 1,800 to 2,000 new homes, about a third of them set aside for people who get rental assistance. The overhaul could involve $1 billion in new private and public investment…

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Plans Underway to Redevelop Norfolk’s Saint Paul Area

July 17, 2017

Dorothy Fentress has lived in Young Terrace in downtown Norfolk for nearly two decades.

She’s ready for the brick buildings and window air conditioners to be gone.

“I think it definitely need to be torn down,” Fentress said. “I would like to be able to see beautiful yards and children playing and no guns. Just a nice neighborhood.”

That could soon be the case…

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