Architect Kathleen Galvin, serving “pro bono” while a City Councilor, convened a meeting the Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR), the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority (CRHA), and Wardell Architects, to explore options for the first phase of redevelopment for a twelve-acre site (called South First Street), currently home to 58 public housing residents.
One option depicted development under a “by-right” car-centric zoning scenario while four others illustrated alternatives under a zoning scenario informed by PHAR’s vision for redevelopment and a proposed community-based code (a.k.a. form-based code) for the Strategic Investment Area (SIA) South First Street residents (with Wardell Architects) ultimately designed and submitted a site plan for phase two of redevelopment in keeping with the alternative zoning scenarios for phase one. This redevelopment project has received state and local funding for both phases of redevelopment.
“There will be at least one-for-one replacement of all affected units.”
(Residents’ Bill of Rights for Redevelopment in the SIA Plan, adopted by City Council, February 2014)
“Mixed-Use must bring advantages to the residents such as a grocery store, childcare center, resident business incubators, clinics and youth centers. New housing should be fundamentally better than existing.”
(Public Housing Residents’ Vision for Redevelopment- 2016)
Images Courtesy of Galvin Architects