The Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) and the City of Hampton identified a set of diverse neighborhoods within the city that experienced various levels of disinvestment. Previous planning efforts had identified key goals and outcomes but said little about the actual implementation. HRHA was looking for targeted redevelopment strategies that utilized realistic tools and considered budget opportunities and constraints.
We conducted field surveys of each of the neighborhoods to assess housing conditions and infrastructure deficiencies. We also analyzed local demographic and real estate data. Along with that, we conducted interviews with local builders, developers and real estate agents because we needed to understand the nuances of the local market, which simple data couldn’t reveal to us.
Next, we began compiling information for implementation strategies. The most appropriate and effective reinvestment and redevelopment tools were studied and outlined for each neighborhood. Local, state and federal funding sources were identified to fund recommendations. Funding sources included local capital improvement budget and general fund, CDBG, HOME, Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), green infrastructure incentives and state and federal historic tax credits. All recommendations were outlined in an implementation timeline.
The timeline was exactly what the HRHA needed, and so subsequently they asked us to assemble a redevelopment or conservation plan for the Olde Hampton neighborhood. After additional field work and research, we assembled conservation plans for the Olde Hampton Conservation Area. The plan has received enthusiastic support from the HRHA Board of Commissioners and City Council but has yet to be officially adopted.
Since 2005, the developed plan has used both Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant funds and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist in the construction of new homes as well as the elevation of over 100 homes out of the floodway.