Garden District Cottages (Former Blount School Site Redevelopment)
The property consists of a full city block located in the Westside Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) District, between West Gregory and West Chase Streets and North C and North D Streets. The subject property is to be developed as a single family, detached, market based housing development with a minimum of six homes to be developed under the City Incentive Lot Program, whereby six lots will be made available to income qualified buyers.
The City sought proposals that focus upon quality residential redevelopment, that enhance neighborhood walkability and effectively integrate the properties close proximity to recreational and learning amenities available at Legion Field Park and the Theopholis May Community Center. The project will include neighborhood residential components, consistent with the Urban Core Community Redevelopment Plan, 2010 and the Westside Community Redevelopment Plan.
On September 20, 2011, the City acquired 113 N “C” Street (Parcel ID Number 00-0S-00-9080-001-018) also known as the former Blount School Property for developing infill workforce housing. The buildings were subsequently demolished and in March 2017 solicited through RFP 17-021, for the property sale and redevelopment. On June 8, 2017 City Council authorized the Mayor to negotiate and execute a contract agreement for the sale and development.
On December 14, 2017, City Council and Mayor authorized 100 percent of the proceeds be allocated to the Housing Initiatives Fund.
The property will be developed with a minimum of six houses utilizing the City Housing Incentive Programs and the remaining home sites developed as market based. The Mayor has final approval on all housing designs to be constructed.