Redevelopment of the James Bland Housing Project
Resolution #1 of the Undersigned Alexandria residents RE: Redevelopment proposal for Bland Public Housing Having participated in the Braddock Area Planning process: 1. We agree with its very clear position that above ground parking decks in our historic area are inappropriate and will under no circumstances be supported. 2. We agree that the concentration of public housing in our neighborhood decreases our quality of life and negatively effects development potential. We will not support the level of dispersal of public housing currently proposed under the EYA plan at Bland. Any objective analysis would show that even if ALL public housing in the proposed development of Bland is dispersed, Parker Gray would still bear an inequitable share of public housing stock due to the abundance of remaining public housing projects in the area. We will support no less than 50% dispersal at Bland for a wide variety of reasons. 3. We ask the City Council to reject additional expenditures on consultants paid to further antiquated agendas and put the horse before cart by re-evaluating Resolution 830 and implementation of the Fair Share study. 4. We demand that the City follow the advice of its own consultants and commit to returning to Parker Gray appropriate amenities in return for our acceptance of additional density and traffic. Under the current proposal, redevelopment of the Bland complex is being undertaken exclusively for the purpose of paying for the failure of ARHA to modernize and maintain its properties in other parts of the City. 5. We question the value of further citizen participation in the Braddock East Planning process which is predicated on suppositions (most especially Resolution 830) that we do not support. EYA has indicated that redevelopment at Bland is unprofitable under current mandates from the City unless basic design guidelines established by the Braddock Area Plan are ignored. Increasing the ratio of market rate homes would solve this and other issues. Justify continued citizen participation in this process by exhibiting the same kind of flexibility expected of the many Alexandrians who are neighbors to this proposed redevelopment site.