North Carolina Construction News staff writer
A groundbreaking was held this week for a project that will transform old, rundown buildings on Cleveland Avenue in Winston-Salem with modern housing.
Funded by a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Choice Neighborhood, work is starting with construction of 84 apartment units on the site of a former elementary school.
It’s part of the East / Northeast Winston-Salem Area Plan Update (PDF) adopted in 2015. Because of inflation and the rising costs of materials and construction, city council approved $9 million to help fund the next phase of the project. The development will be completed in five phases, starting with Brown Street construction.
Plans include construction of 406 housing units, with all Cleveland Avenue Homes residents who are in good standing having the right to return to the new housing. Cleveland Avenue Homes is a 244-unit development for low-income residents, but the new housing will have a mix of different income levels.
The new community will consist of townhomes, garden-style units and a three-story senior building with a fitness centre. Townhomes will have porches or stoops providing outdoor space.
Officials and community residents joined the groundbreaking ceremony, along with Richard Baron, co-founder and chairman of McCormack Baron Salazar.
“I am so excited because it is finally happening,” a resident of Cleveland Avenue Homes, said during the ceremony. “It is going to be a wonderful thing. It is going to be a new development and just wonderful.”