Revonna Bieber of Monticello Village writes in with the following:
According to the NRHA Fall 2009 issue of “Neighborhood Patterns [PDF]” On Wednesday morning, April 15, a blighted 16-unit apartment building at 9430 First View Street was razed. In its place, three single family homes will be built, bringing about a much needed change according to local residents and West Ocean View Civic League members. NRHA purchased the property in July 2008 when 13 of the 16 units were occupied.
The property will be divided into three lots for homes ranging from 1,600 to 1,800 square feet with projected price ranges of $175,000 to $250,000. Construction is expected to be complete for all three units by spring 2010.
So why aren’t these improvements being made in our neighborhoods? Blight is quite apparent, especially in the apartment complexes, in the areas of Denby Park, Monticello Village, and Oakdale Farms. Why can the city buy and raize apartment buildings in Ocean View, Lamberts Point,on Hampton Boulevard, and Broad Creek but not in Wards Corner?