Monthly Archives: February 2016

Local Media Reports on the Development of the New Friendship Court Advisory Committee

Kathy McHugh, Housing Development Specialist, Alex Ikefuna, Director of Neighborhood Development Services and Marc Norman, design team member and a recent Loeb Fellow at the Harvard School of Design

As Piedmont Housing Alliance welcomes back their design team for the redevelopment of Friendship Court this week, they also welcomed their new fourteen-member advisory committee into the pre-development process.

Today’s Daily Progress article  highlights the new members of the advisory committee, seven of whom are Friendship Court residents with the balance being made up of city officials and other experts in the industry.  The goal of the committee, which will start meeting on a monthly basis with the design team, will be to provide guidance to Piedmont Housing in two primary areas: physical revitalization and community life.

Piedmont Housing Alliance will engage residents, neighbors and community partners in an inclusive and respectful process. Our goal is to develop a mixed-income, mixed-use community that is welcoming to all,” said Frank Grosch, CEO of the housing alliance.

NBC29 also reported on the new advisory committee being formed and quoted Piedmont Housing Alliance’s CEO, Frank Grosch: “This is really all about equity and the design and development of Friendship Court. It brings together world class architects and planners with the real experts in Friendship Court and that is the people who live there,” said Grosch.

CBS19 news was also present during the first joint meeting of the advisory committee and the design team in which the process of sharing information and expertise to build bridges to the community to help create equity in the design and development of the new Friendship Court.

The design team will be holding open office hours at the community center on Tuesday, February 9, from 1:00-4:00 pm and also on Wednesday, February 10, from 2:00-5:00 pm for anyone interested in sharing their thoughts or concerns about the redevelopment process.

For more information, please contact Community Organizer, Claudette Grant at 434-295-9794 or e-mail cgrant@piedmonthousing.org.

 

Residents Elected to Serve Redevelopment Advisory Committee

Piedmont Housing Alliance has formed an advisory committee to help inform the redevelopment of Friendship Court in 2018. Friendship Court residents held an election on Thursday, February 4th and Friday, February 5th to choose seven representatives from their community to serve on the fourteen-member committee. The people of Friendship Court nominated all of those residents standing for election.  The seven residents elected to the committee are:

  • Sheri Hopper
  • Crystal Johnson
  • Zafar Khan
  • Betty Lowry
  • Yolanda Ross
  • Quanelius Tinsley
  • Tamara Wright

The balance of the committee is comprised of:

  • Kathy Galvin, Charlottesville City Council
  • Mike Murphy, Assistant City Manager
  • Bill Edgerton, AIA of the Oak Hill Fund
  • Sarah McLean, RN of the Adiuvans Foundation
  • Daphne Kaiser, PhD, principal of Clark Elementary School
  • Kevin White, National Housing Trust
  • Myrtle Houchens, a former resident and a member of First Baptist Church

The purpose of the Friendship Court advisory committee will be to provide guidance to Piedmont Housing in two primary areas: (1) physical revitalization and (2) community life. Members’ roles will be to develop a common vision, share information and expertise, to build bridges to the community through listening, and to review and recommend a plan for approval by the Piedmont Housing Alliance Board. The advisory committee will meet regularly with Piedmont Housing’s design team – Liz Ogbu, founder and principal, Studio O; Marc Norman, a recent Loeb Fellow at the Harvard School of Design now  in private practice; and  David Dixon, FAIA and Steve Kearney, both with Stantec’s Urban Places Group.

Piedmont Housing hopes to make the redevelopment of Friendship Court a model for the redevelopment of affordable housing across the country.

“What we do at Friendship Court has to work for the people who live there,” said Piedmont Housing’s CEO, Frank Grosch. “We are absolutely committed to preserving 150 affordable homes at Friendship Court and the Section 8 assistance that makes it affordable for the families who live there now.”

“Piedmont Housing Alliance will engage residents, neighbors, and community partners in an inclusive and respectful process. Our goal is to develop a mixed-income, mixed-use community that is welcoming to all,” said Grosch.

Grosch added, “Pairing the expertise of residents with the expertise of others in the community on the advisory committee is one step toward creating equity in the design and development of the new Friendship Court.”

Piedmont Housing Alliance is an affordable housing non-profit working in the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson counties. The mission of Piedmont Housing is to create housing opportunities and build community through education, lending and development. Piedmont Housing is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency, state-certified Community Housing Development Organization, and US Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution.

Welcome Back to the Friendship Court Design Team – February 8-10

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After a successful visit in December, we are excited to welcome back our Friendship Court design team to Charlottesville – Liz Ogbu, David Dixon, and Steve Kearney and Marc Norman. This will be their second of several visits to work with residents, city staff, neighbors, and Piedmont Housing to plan for the future of Friendship Court.

The team heard your thoughts and ideas in that first visit.  In this visit, they are hoping to test their understanding to see if they got it right.

Our goal is to preserve the 150 units of affordable housing at Friendship Court and the Section 8 rental assistance that makes it affordable to the families that live there now, all in a mixed-income, mixed-use community that is welcoming to all.
Frank K. Grosch
CEO

Read more about the Design Team’s Master Plan update:

Design Team Update

Office hours will be available next week at the community center:

Tuesday, 2/9: 1-4PM
Wednesday, 2/10: 2-5PM

If you have questions, please contact Claudette Grant, Community Organizer at
434-295-9794 or email her at cgrant@piedmonthousing.org.

Friendship Court Advisory Committee resident election to be held Thursday and Friday, February 4th and 5th

Voting for seven Friendship Court representatives to the Friendship Court Advisory Committee will be held on Thursday, February 4th and Friday, February 5th from 9:00AM to 7:00PM.  The elected representatives will be announced Friday evening, February 5th, 2016 at the community center. Friendship Court residents will make up one-half of the total fourteen-member committee.

The candidates are:

Tanasha Brown Tanasha is a mother of five who has lived at Friendship Court since she was a child.  She is interested in being a part of the advisory committee because she hopes to have a voice for her neighbors on what the future of Friendship Court holds for everyone.

Naser Ali Haidari  Naser has been a resident of Friendship Court for eight months. He is interested in being on the committee to help the residents of Friendship Court and to give good advice to Piedmont Housing Alliance that he believes will be helpful.

Sheri Hopper – Sheri is a mother of two children and has one grandson and has lived at Friendship Court for sixteen years. Sheri has worked with Piedmont Housing Alliance doing community outreach in Friendship Court since last April. For Sheri, joining the advisory committee will be something new, but she is excited to learn, get to know more people, and give this her best.

Crystal Johnson – Crystal is a mother of six children and has lived at Friendship Court for a total of ten years.  She is interested in positive change happening at Friendship Court and has gotten to know other families who also want the same. She wishes to be a part of a more unified neighborhood and community and is interested to learn about what her neighbors think and care about. She wants to see how she and others can make changes for the better at Friendship Court.

Zafar Khan – Zafar has worked for the United Nations for more than eleven years. His work involved establishing peace, and organizing workshops and conferences to gain support of the people in his home country of Afghanistan. He hopes to bring his public affairs experience to the advisory committee.

Betty Lowry  Betty already knows many residents, and she is interested in learning more about the redevelopment of Friendship Court and how she can help with this process.  She has lived at Friendship Court for twelve years.

Yolanda Ross – Yolanda has been a Friendship Court resident for five years.  She wants to be on the advisory committee so that she can be a voice for residents who are working and interested in better opportunities for their community.

Zina Talya  Zina is a mother of four children with good neighbors who has lived at Friendship Court now for almost three years.

Quanelius Tinsley  Quanelius is a senior at Charlottesville High School and has lived at Friendship Court for ten years. Quanelius has seen positive and negative changes at Friendship Court and is interested in giving positive input for the reconstruction of Friendship Court.  She says she loves her community and wants it to be better for the newcomers who will be moving to Friendship Court in the future.

Tamara Wright  Tamara, a mother of three, has lived at Friendship Court for a few years. She would like to join the advisory committee because she has an interest in the redevelopment process of Friendship Court. She currently serves on UACC’s advisory council and board of directors, as well as the Friendship Court’s Residents Association.