City leaders want to hear from residents about a neighborhood plan meant to create a better mix of housing east of downtown Raleigh.
The Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plan focuses on East College Park and Washington Terrace, two low-income neighborhoods near Saint Augustine’s University.
The plan calls for new rental units and homes to buy, along with affordable housing, a home-rehabilitation program, infrastructure improvements and economic development efforts.
The public can learn more about the plan at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at the Tarboro Road Community Center.
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Plans will be revised one more time before a public hearing is held Sept. 1, but the basics will remain the same, said Larry Jarvis, Raleigh’s director of housing and neighborhoods.
After a public hearing, the plan will require approval by the city council.
DHIC, a nonprofit that partners with Raleigh and other cities to plan and build affordable housing, would be able to apply for certain low-income tax credits if the plan is approved, Jarvis said.
According to the plan, East College Park and Washington Terrace should be mixed-income neighborhoods by 2023. Under the plan, the neighborhoods would include renovated and new homes and also new rental units.
Some of the area would feature affordable housing, which can be paid for with the help of tax credits.
East College Park and Washington Terrace have deteriorated in recent years, according to the neighborhood plan.
Washington Terrace was a privately owned low-income housing complex. It is now owned by DHIC, which is in the early stages of creating plans to build new homes in the area.
For a long time, students and faculty members at Saint Augustine’s lived in East College Park. But those tenants have moved out of the neighborhood as “existing houses became blighted and criminal activity spread,” according to the city report.
Now Raleigh owns more properties in East College Park than any other owner. Most homes are vacant, the report said.
A revised version of the plan will be available in about two weeks, Jarvis said. It will be posted online and will also be available in the city’s housing and neighborhood department at 310 W. Martin St.
Want to go?
The public can review the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plan for Washington Terrace and East College Park at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at the Tarboro Road Community Center, 121 N. Tarboro Road.