The Dove Street Redevelopment project refers to the comprehensive, simultaneous redevelopment of blighted, underutilized properties located in the Dove Street Corridor. The Redevelopment Plan allowed for the demolition of Dove Court, a Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority multi-family public housing property consisting 60 apartment units, the acquisition Carrington Gardens and Northridge apartments which consisted of 216 vacant and blighted apartment units, the acquisition of the Dove Street Armory and other lots located within the corridor. Together, the development plan assembled over 50 acres of land and was master developed to create a mixed –income housing community.
In collaboration with private developer Laurel Street, RRHA and the City of Richmond, phase I of the Master Plan was completed in 2015. The development consisted of 128 mixed income, tax credit units, comprised of one, two and three bedroom townhome-style buildings.
Phase II of the Master Plan is being developed and will include for sale mixed income single family houses. The plan includes community amenities such as pocket parks, access to the Richmond-Henrico Turnpike, the Cannon Creek Greenway with strong connections to other neighborhood communities.
Upon completion the now newly named “Highland Grove” neighborhood, a once, blighted and isolated community will be comprehensive developed with 300 units of rental and homeownership houses and community amenities that make this neighborhood a great place to live.
The local planning process that resulted in this project has been evolving since 1990 when Richmond City Council implemented the Jackson Place Redevelopment Plan. Fast forward to 2002, when the Jackson Place Strategic Plan of Development was created, a study of the Jackson Ward community, which identified the community’s key assets of history, culture, character, technology, and market support to strengthen its neighborhoods and businesses to economic vibrancy.
RRHA applied and was accepted by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) for advisory services pertaining to sites located in Jackson Ward. The ULI advisory panel provided a guide for the strategic redevelopment for Jackson Place. In addition, the study provided RRHA with planning and marketing tools that aided in successfully communicating with community residents and stakeholders, City leaders, and potential developers and financial partners.
To begin to implement the ULI revitalization plan, in September 2008, RRHA selected ICON Architecture Inc. of Boston as the firm to lead a Master Planning process for the revitalization of Jackson Ward, which included the RRHA’s communities Gilpin Court and Fay Towers. Icon served as the Master Planner for the revitalization process, leading a team which created a document, which describes, in narrative and with maps, and overall development concept including both present properties uses as well as future land development plans.
To carry out the activities of the Master Plan, in 2015 RRHA, contracted with Urban Design Associates to produce preliminary architectural and engineering plans for the development of Jackson Place for development of the 5.3 acre vacant parcel of land. With production of preliminary specification designs, RRHA solicited for a developer to finance and build a multifamily development. Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) responded to the RFP and their proposal was awarded the project. RRHA and CPDC have had multiple meetings with the Jackson Ward Community and other stakeholders as part of a Special Use Permit (SUP) process. These meetings focused on unit design and mix to achieve the mixed-income requirements of the project. The SUP was approved by the community and the City in 2015.