Hampton, Va.


The Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) and City identified a set of diverse neighborhoods within the City that experienced various levels of disinvestment. Previous planning efforts identified key goals and outcomes but with little detail on implementation. HRHA was looking for targeted redevelopment strategies that utilize realistic tools with an understanding of budget opportunities and constraints.

The firm conducted field surveys of each of the neighborhoods to assess housing conditions and infrastructure deficiencies. Demographic and real estate data was analyzed for each area. In addition, interviews were conducted with local builders, developers and real estate agents to understand the nuances of the local market.

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.

Subsequently, he firm was also asked to assemble a redevelopment or conservation plan for the Olde Hampton neighborhood. After additional field work and research, the firm assembled conservation plans for a Olde Hampton Conservation Area. The plan has received enthusiastic support from the HRHA Board of Commissioners and City Council, but have yet to be officially adopted.