HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - Hopewell is taking on a new look. Right now, there are multiple housing development projects underway. Once complete, the city will have nearly 1,000 new houses and apartment units.
Park View Point is just one of those new construction projects now underway. The city is changing it's landscape in an effort to get more people to call Hopewell home.
More than a hundred houses are being built on property behind Leola Gill's home.
"It went up quick, like every month more houses went up. Trucks coming down the road and stuff," said Gill.
Old buildings are being transformed into apartments, including Butterworths, a former retail store, as well as, a school that's been vacant for decades.
In all, five residential developments are in the works. That translates to some 800 new homes.
"We're looking to attract people to the community to help grow the population base with that we can drive some commercial development," said Director of Development, March Altman.
The city expects many of the units to be filled by soldiers headed to Fort Lee.
The post is expected to double it's population by the end of next year.
"We're having more folks come in as a result of BRAC. Some of the folks will be housed on post but in a lot of cases the post isn't looking to house 100 percent of personnel on base," said Altman.
With an increase in homes and population comes a much needed economic boost.
''That increases our tax base which will help us generate some additional revenue to offset some costs and provide services to the citizens in the community," said Altman.
Two of the projects are expected to be done by May. The others, within a year or so.