Officials preview ideas for choice neighborhood transformation, remind that residents need to remain at the center
Upcoming initiatives in Newport News’ Marshall-Ridley neighborhood transformation efforts may include a seafood market, commercial kitchen and funds to help homeowners spruce up their properties to go along with new apartments and replacement of Ridley Circle apartments.
As officials reviewed building plans and progress, they expressed several times they needed to focus on the residents of the neighborhood.
The City Council held a work session Sept. 15 to discuss the Choice Neighborhood Initiative.
Ricky Burgess, a city councilman in Pittsburgh, advised the Newport News council to remember “(this) process is not primarily about housing — this is about transforming families and helping families so they have a greater chance at success.” Along with housing, Burgess, who helped lead choice neighborhood transformation efforts in Pittsburgh, said new construction there involved community and resource centers, access to transportation and a new charter school.
The council agreed that the focus is not just