STAUNTON, Va. -- The Redevelopment and Housing Authority in Staunton is in the process of demolishing older buildings to make way for six to ten new homes.
The three older homes are on Stafford and Anderson Streets in the Newtown area.
The Housing Authority was hoping to get started a little earlier, but they had to remove asbestos from the home on Friday morning.
The city handed over a demolition permit. at about 10:20 a.m. and crews are starting work on the demolition.
The revitalization effort has been in the works for years.
It was initially funded by a block grant and then put on hold.
Now that Staunton has new sewer lines in the area, they can support new units.
The three homes being demolished are abandoned and owned by the city of Staunton.
One of them was filled with stuff that had to be removed before demolition.
In another, Stevens found a calendar from 1955.
Once these homes are torn down, homes will be built that families with median incomes can afford.
The new homes will be energy efficient and will match the look of other homes here.
Stevens said this change will also help the value of homes nearby on Anderson Street.
"With what the city has invested in infrastructure and then where we're going I think it's a win win for everyone. You know, people will see that their neighborhood is getting better. Your city is only as good as your worst neighborhood and so we're hoping that we don't have any of those," said Stevens.
They're hoping to be finished with the demolition by Monday or Tuesday.
Once that's finished, they'll come up with a financing plan for the new houses.
The number of homes will depend on zoning and land size.
Stevens said they would like to pre-qualify people who are interested in new homes.
Stevens said the authority hopes to also help with down payment assistance.
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