Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority will hold a ceremony today to receive a $255,656 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to renovate and revitalize its Cypress Manor/Parker Riddick housing communities.

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SRHA receives $250K grant

Published 10:33pm Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority has received a grant of $255,656 to help jump-start its plans to renovate and revitalize its Cypress Manor and Parker Riddick housing developments and the surrounding area.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was one of 13 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants totaling $3.6 million given throughout the country to help with efforts to revitalize housing.

SRHA executive director Clarissa McAdoo said the grant will be used for planning and design for the Cypress Manor/Parker Riddick master plan.

“It’s going to be a pretty comprehensive transformation,” McAdoo said Tuesday. “We are still basking in the glow of getting an award like this.”

The housing authority has been working on the master plan for about five years, she said. It has grown to include not only the public housing but also the nearby White Marsh Shopping Plaza, a three-acre parcel owned by the city, and a planned adjacent community by Davis Boulevard, LLC.

“This will be a mixed-use, mixed-income community,” McAdoo said.

The housing authority was one of 71 applicants for the grants and was the only organization in Virginia to receive a grant. A ceremonial check presentation will be held today at the authority headquarters on East Pinner Street.

The plan for Cypress Manor and Parker Riddick calls for renovations of most of the units, a rehabilitation plan for the shopping center to provide better job opportunities for nearby residents, and more.

Demolition of some of the units also is planned to provide for better design, McAdoo said.

Both developments were built in the late 1970s for the private market, but the developer ran into financial issues, McAdoo said. Under the leadership of George Birdsong, the housing authority acquired the buildings as the first two public housing communities in Suffolk.

“But today, they’ve become our most obsolete,” McAdoo said, adding that the townhouse design of the buildings lends itself to partial rehabilitation opportunities.

“All across the country, local planners are serious about rolling up their sleeves to transform distressed neighborhoods into choice neighborhoods,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in announcing the grants. “These communities can now begin the comprehensive planning needed to turn distressed housing and long-neglected neighborhoods into viable and sustainable mixed-income communities that support positive outcome for families.”

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  • cedarboy1

    This is really not an apartment complex It is really a ZOO filled by “SRHA”time and time again.Grants for these people are a total waste of tax payers money.My job has put me in these areas & dwellings many many times.Each time I see grant money wasted and yet SRHA keeps putting the SAME TYPE of people in these refurbished dwellings.We would be better served by tearing down ALL of these buildings,end all rentals,end all grants and point out to all of these tenants and possible tenants the roads out of town.If we get rid of all of these animals,we would not need a ZOO/complex.We could also shut down the so called S.H.R.A.,another savings for the city.

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  • Lovebug

    I have to agree Pumpkin……I was in one of those apartments just last year and could NOT believe the condition of the inside of this place. Make no mistake the poor condition was not due to the age it was due to poor up keep, cleaning, and simple lack of caring for property that made it what it was. It doesn’t cost a dime to clean your home and keep it clean but some just don’t care. They put holes in the walls let their kids write on the walls and I swear in this place it looked like the kids had written on the walls and doors with mud/dirt. It was awful. The floors were nasty and the bathroom was god awful! I think its great that grant money is given to make these places better however, the people living in them will NOT take care of them so it won’t be long before they are right back in the same condition!

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  • KNRMCO

    If I recall correctly, maybe abt 1 yr ago, there was some talk abt taking a fence down between this housing developement & private homeowners who did not want this to happen. Is this still the case? How do those homeowners feel abt this if this is what may happen? What is the proposed use of the White Marsh Shopping Plaza?

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  • pumpn_fe

    Those apartments are terrible. There is clearly no interest from the current residents in making it better. No pride in their community at all. There’s litter everywhere, drugs sold, people murdered, etc. Why waste the money on people that don’t deserve it.

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