Franklin Heights Demolition

By: Kelly Creswell Email
By: Kelly Creswell Email

The Harrisonburg City Council approved the demolition of 32 homes in Franklin Heights in order to build 30 new homes in the same site Tuesday night.

It's a $4.5-million project that would create single story, garden-style homes. The goal is to ensure occupancy to low-income families. Fifty percent of the units will also be designated for people with disabilities.

However, one single mother who lives in the homes says she was concerned about where she would live for the time being.

"First I got very concerned with me being a single mother, raising two kids of my own, how hard it would be to find another place to relocate actually and asked if they were going to relocate us ourselves," says Bobbie Jo Flores, lives in Franklin Heights.

One of the concerns of the city council was density. It's a four acre site and normally up to 14 unites can be built on each acre. That would be enough space for 56 units for low-income housing.

"I think they're going to build on a portion of the land the 30 units to take the place of the 32 and then later on they could come back and perhaps increase the density on that," says Mayor Rodney Eagle.

Eagle believes this project will enhance the neighborhood and thinks the city is on the right track to offering new, affordable, accessible housing.


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