NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Norfolk City Council members and the Wards Corner Task Force have partnered to acquire properties within the Denby Park neighborhood, specifically the Texas Streets section.
Sixty-eight apartment units located in seven buildings and the grounds are being acquired, a news release from the City of Norfolk said.
The acquisition is part of the city's plan to build safe, healthy neighborhoods that will sustain future generations.
While some residents WAVY.com spoke with were upset about not being told sooner about the city's plans, Alexis Andrews-Scott said she's happy to hear the news.
"I really wanted to move out of here so its really a blessing," said Andrews-Scott.
The acquisition price is a total of $2,686,000. The City Council appropriated in the past two fiscal years for this purchase and those funds were made available July 1.
Additionally, the city is seeking council permission to encumber an additional $30,000 for any related closing costs bringing the total to $2,716,000.
Of the 68 apartment units, 16 are currently occupied. The landlord has agreed to work with the tenants to provide them with equal or better apartments within different properties he currently owns. All of the current leases expire no later than July 2012.
As apartments become vacant or are vacant upon the City taking possession, each unit will be boarded, secured and monitored. Once the buildings are vacant, an environmental study will be conducted and the buildings demolished.
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