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Funds Awarded for Northcott Court/Fairfield West Redevelopment Project
NORTHCOTT COURT TENANTS: The Huntington Housing Authority has conducted one-on-one consultations with tenants of Northcott Court and has developed individual relocation plans based on their specific needs. Some have agreed to accept Section 8 vouchers for private units, while others will move to other public housing complexes owned by the Housing Authority. Some have agreed to move into Section 8 housing then into new units that will be built in the Fairfield West community. The Housing Authority also will pay for tenants’ moving expenses.
DEMOLITION: Demolition of Northcott Court, which was built in the 1940s and consists of 13 individual buildings, will be done in stages over a two- to three-year period. The Housing Authority has begun vacating the three buildings facing Hal Greer Boulevard and hopes to complete the process in early May. The Housing Authority will repurpose all of the materials – appliances, doors, cabinets, windows and more – before demolition on the three buildings begins in June. The first phase of demolition is expected to be completed by the end of June. Tearing down the remaining 10 buildings will occur over a two-year period.
REPLACEMENT HOUSING: The Housing Authority will build two, forty-unit senior townhouse complexes and 50 family-based units scattered throughout Fairfield West to replace the 130 units that will be demolished at Northcott Court. The Housing Authority already has purchased property on Doulton Avenue from the Huntington Land Bank to build the first 40-unit senior townhouse complex. The second phase will be building the 50 family-based units throughout Fairfield West, followed by construction of the third 40-unit senior townhouse complex in the Charleston Avenue area. The Housing Authority never has nor will it consider using eminent domain to acquire property. The Land Bank, which acquires properties at Cabell County’s delinquent tax auction and returns them to productive use, will serve as the primary source of property for the Housing Authority.
COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT: The Housing Authority has committed to the City of Huntington through the city’s Fairfield West Redevelopment Plan that it will not build residential development on the Northcott Court property, which totals 3.9 acres. The plan was adopted by Huntington City Council on June 10, 2013. It includes a major rezoning to convert Northcott Court into a commercial area. The Housing Authority is committed to a commercial development project on the site and will entertain offers from private developers. The Fairfield West community has requested that a grocery store be built on the property. The Huntington Housing Authority will do everything it can to honor that request.