Architect shares focus for St. Pauls area transformation with residents

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The future of public housing in the city continues to become clearer as architects begin designing what new development could look like.

Architects Torti+Gallas, hired by the City of Norfolk, met with residents of Tidewater Gardens for the first time Wednesday night to discuss how they will go about designing a mixed use replacement

The city held meetings last summer to work out how to the area’s public housing for residents. Norfolk Redevelopment Housing Authority board spokeswomen Barbara Hamm Lee said at the time (she was also president of the board) that residents expressed that they wanted housing, less flooding and less crime.

Wednesday a slide was revealed that boiled it all down.

“This is to give them the sense of, we heard you,” Hamm Lee said Wednseday. “We want to makes sure we heard the right things. So Torti+Gallas has a set of 7 questions to make sure that they are on the right track.”

The city is pursuing a Choice Neighborhood Initiative Implementation Grant worth $30 million to start with redevelopment of Tidewater Gardens.  The application is due in September and must include site plans. 

Stay with WAVY.com for more updates. 

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