NEW SPRINGFIELD NEIGHBORHOOD
HOPE VI GRANT APPLICATION
HIGH POINT, NORTH CAROLINA

Project Data:

Owner
Housing Authority of the City of High Point

Project Scope
156 Unit Mixed-Density Neighborhood

Date
Grant Awarded September 1999

Project Description:

In the spring of 1998, Wolff Lyon Architects was engaged by Cornerstone Housing LLC of Columbia, MD and the Housing Authority of the City of High Point, NC to prepare the design component of a HOPE VI grant application for 192 blighted townhomes in High Point. Wolff Lyon Architects, together with Jeff Winston of Winston Associates, conducted a week-long "charrette" at the site, meeting with residents and preparing design concepts for the proposed revitalization. The New Springfield Plan will replace 198 barracks-style apartment units with 156 single-family homes and townhouses.

The overall goal for New Springfield is to transform the existing dysfunctional public housing into an attractive and stable mixed-income and mixed-use neighborhood that will eliminate the concentration of poverty and serve as a model for new development in this sub area of High Point. The emphasis of the revitalization plan focuses on using the principles of traditional neighborhood design.

The reasons for locating these concentrations of the poor on the urban fringe may vary from locale to locale, but the will and the remedies to transform them and end this exile are no less compelling than those that affect their more urban counterparts. We believe that the principles explored here provide a persuasive model for how these isolated pockets of poverty can be eliminated.