What: Southside Revitalization Project Groundbreaking Ceremony
Who: City of Durham Community Development Department, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc., and the Southside Neighborhood Association
When: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Former Rolling Hills Site
East Lakewood Avenue
Durham, N.C. 27707
Once on Poinciana Drive, the event will take place at the end of the Woodbriar Cul-de-Sac. Event parking will be along the existing streets inside the former site.
• The Southside Revitalization Project area encompasses approximately 125 acres located south of the Durham Freeway and just north of North Carolina Central University. The City’s objective is to stabilize the neighborhood and encourage long-term private investment through the creation of new, high-quality rental and homeownership units serving a broad range of incomes.
• To commemorate the beginning of construction of the first phase of the rental development, the City’s Community Development Department is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony next week. Refreshments will be served and residents of Southside are encouraged to attend.
• Speakers at this event include City of Durham Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell; Southside Neighborhood Association President Marie Hunter; U.S. Congressman David Price; North Carolina Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Henry C. McKoy; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Greensboro Field Office Director Curtis L. Davis; North Carolina Housing Finance Agency Board of Directors Vice Chairman Joseph R. Parker; McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc. Senior Vice President Karl Schlachter, and City of Durham Citizens Advisory Committee Chairman DeWarren K. Langley.
• The first phase of this $20 million project will consist of 119 rental units and 13 “live-work” units located at Lakewood Avenue and Roxboro Street. McCormack Baron Salazar is the developer for the mixed-income project which will include affordable, workforce, and market-rate units.
• Construction of new homeownership units will also occur on the west side of Roxboro Street led by the Center for Community Self-Help and other homebuilders. Assistance to help existing homeowners rehabilitate their properties is also being provided.
About the Community Development Department
The City of Durham’s Community Development Department is responsible for coordinating the City’s housing resources and various housing assistance programs as well as promoting affordable housing by working with investors and community housing development organizations. The department also provides assistance with the abatement of lead in older homes and administers the City’s entitlement programs from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Guided by the City’s Strategic Plan, the department helps to ensure that the City has thriving, livable neighborhoods by enhancing housing quality and affordability for Durham residents. To learn more, visit http://durhamnc.gov/ich/cb/cdd/Pages/Home.aspx