The planning work for the redevelopment of Friendship Court continues with a community dinner this Thursday, Feb. 15 from 6-8 p.m., followed in the weeks to come by smaller meetings in each courtyard. We’re excited about improved housing for the residents and how redevelopment can help people have greater access to better jobs, education, and increased income.
Throughout redevelopment and beyond, we are committed to zero displacement. The first phase of housing will be built on the open land of the property. Once that housing is complete, some residents will move in. The first empty units will be demolished, and new housing will be built on that property. That process will repeat until all the new housing is built.
The first new housing will open in 2021. We are planning for four phases of redevelopment, with all residents in new housing by the end of the third phase. Each phase of the project will include housing affordable to a variety of income levels.
The Friendship Court Advisory Committee, which includes nine resident members, has been working to refine the plan. We are seeking more feedback and input from the community of residents so that the architects and engineers can start their drawings for Phase 1 in April. Please join this month’s Community Gathering and Courtyard Conversations.
Community Dinner: February 15, 6-8 p.m. This is your opportunity to learn, ask questions, and give feedback about the redevelopment plan with your neighbors.
February 20, 6-8 p.m. in Courtyard 1: Units #400, 402, 404, 406
February 22, 6-8 p.m. in Courtyard 2: Units#408, 410, 412, 414, 416
February 27, 6-8 p.m. in Courtyard 3: Units #401, 403, 405, 407
March 1 , 6-8 p.m. in Courtyard 4: Units#420, 422, 424, 426
March 3, 1-3 p.m. in Courtyard 5: Units #409, 411, 413, 415
If you have questions or comments, please contact Sunshine Mathon, executive director of Piedmont Housing Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 434-817-0661.