Non-profit responds to need for affordable housing in Petersburg

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A non-profit group pushes forward with plans to build dozens of new town-houses in Petersburg. The development, in part, is to address the growing need for affordable housing in the city.

The homes will be constructed on a seven acre vacant property on the corner of Lee Avenue and S. South Street. In all, forty-two homes will be built. Units will be two or three bedrooms.

"These units will be targeted to people who make between 25 and 40 thousand dollars a year -- that will include, in many instances, policemen, firemen, teachers and others who work for the city," said Sandy Graham, with PCDC.

Petersburg Community Development Corporation or PCDC is behind the $8.5 million project.

"It took us two and a half years to put all the pieces together to make this a reality. Without housing like this being built - the person who would qualify for those houses are going to other jurisdictions," said Graham.

Rent will range in price from $550 to $750 a month. There will also be a community center on the property.

"We need it we really need it, " said Terri Watts.

Watts has lived across the street from the property all her life. She remembers what it looked like in the 70's.

"There were homes all over there. We had a garage shop by the tracks. There was a grocery shop," said Watts.

The development will be called "The Henry Williams Town-homes." Williams is an African American who was elected to city council in Petersburg back in the late 1800. Construction on the project will get going next month. It's expected to be finished by November 2011.

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