Groundbreaking ceremony to take place at old Armstrong High School in part of redevelopment project

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A groundbreaking ceremony is taking place Monday afternoon at the old Armstrong High School in part of a major redevelopment project.

The East End revitalization is a landmark public-private redevelopment initiative, informed by comprehensive resident engagement and planning, that will transform the existing Creighton Court public housing complex and surrounding area into a vibrant, mixed-income community of choice.

Delivering on the promise of turning community plans into action, the Armstrong redevelopment launch augments a range of significant revitalization efforts along the Nine Mile business corridor and serves as a catalyst for the development of the “East End Gateway” into the City.

Abatement and demolition of the vacant school building will begin on November 1, and infrastructure redevelopment on the entire site will follow immediately thereafter in early 2017.

When complete, this revitalization effort will deliver one-for-one replacement of the 504 existing Creighton Court public housing units, and the development of roughly 1,000 mixed-income homes, encompassing both rental apartments and homeownership options.

The co-developers on this venture are The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB) and the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA), in partnership with the City of Richmond.

The ceremony is set to start at 2 p.m.

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