Friday, May 4, 2012
First we come to Rideout Heath. This is a Community Homes development of Section 8 housing that has exceeded its viable life.
Now we come to Cross Fox. Cross Fox started out as Rental Apartments and back to back Town Homes but in 1975 they were converted into privately owned homes. I didn't have these slated for redevelopment until very recently. A friend of mine has told me that Cross Fox has been suffering from high vacancies and that homes there haven't been selling.
In its place will be newer homes that have more windows because the Town Homes will be "stacks" of two rather than back to back.
Now we come to Faulkner Station. These are very small Town Homes that aren't large enough for today's family. Their appearance is also very dated and to be quite frank, my vision of tomorrow's Columbia doesn't
include small dated Town Homes.
In its place will be new Town Homes that are large and modern. They will not have garages but will still be three stories which will allow for one or two more bedrooms in the basement.
Next we come to Partridge Courts, another development that started out as rentals this started out as a rental complex with Town Homes that don't have basements because there is an apartment under neath them. In addition to the outdated design and the fact that Town Homes gain much needed square footage through their basements there is also the poorly laid out parking lot in relation to the front doors. I know this from experience having lived at 10472 Faulkner Ridge Circle in the 1980s.
narrower which will be moderate income units.
There is ample room to expand the complex on what is currently under utilized parking lots. Two garages can be built and then two high rises like the current Concord House can be built around said garages
to mask them. I think this will improve the site around Partridge Courts and Concord House.
lot. There has also been a failed attempt to replace the outdated siding that started nearly a decade ago with little progress. There was also a high profile shooting here in 2002.
Bryant Square will stay in touch with its roots by once again featuring large Town Homes but these will much more accessible from the road and will have 2 car garages with 3, 4, and 5 bedrooms homes. These new homes should hopefully restore a larger Home Ownership base to Bryant Square.
of rentals that have since been converted into privately owned units. However perhaps due to the failures of the adjacent Hannibal Grove development there has been some spillover into this development.
In the place of Running Brook Condos there will be a mixture of Town Homes that will grace the perimeter of the site with Apartments in the middle.
Last but certainly not least we come to the mammoth development currently known as the Berkshires of Columbia but formerly and more commonly known as Hannibal Grove. Hannibal Grove contains a lot of
transient rental units that have been subject to crime, vandalism, and drugs. There have also been shootings here throughout the years which have downgraded the quality of life here.
The redeveloped Hannibal Grove will feature a diverse array of housing options and will allow for Home Ownership as well as rentals. Hopefully this new development will allow for Residents to buy their homes and put down roots as they say. First there will be Apartments and Condos.
large instead of the liability that it is now.