An out of town developer has submitted plans for constructing low-income housing on the vacant lots on the 600 block of Cowardin Ave. This impacts our neighborhood tremendously, and in response the neighborhood is holding a meeting on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:00 PM at 603 W. 19th St.
Springhill resident Jason has compiled a list of reasons why this development is undesirable:
Our small neighorhood already supports a 70 unit low income facility. With less than 40 single family homes in the neighborhood, we are already taking our share of the low income burden in the city. A google search shows a significant concentration of these types of apartment properties, exclusively on southside and northside; none turn up in the areas west of VCU. My concern is that we have reached our “Threshold” and we risk overconcentration. Which in the study by arizona state university suggests reasults in “stagneant or decling property values.”
The city should focus it’s development of low income homes/apartments in areas not already burdened by it.
Studies on crime and low-income housing done by Indiana University and Purdue University state that “rates of violent crime are generally higher in Areas with high-density Residential development.” I cannot recall the exact numbers, but neighborhood is actually one of the most densly populated areas in Richmond thanks to the 3 large apartment buildings.
We are historically an area of single family homes, and are being overun by high density development.
I do not believe this particular devlopment provides zoning minimum, parking, setback, open area requirements, floor to area ratio’s of building to buildable open space. We already have a parking problem and are working with the city to solve it. (i was unable to park infront of my house lastnight. It happens 1-2 times a week.)
Please post a comment if you cannot make the meeting or have further questions.