Community Development - May 16, 2019
Officials with the city and Simon G. Atkins Community Development Corp. will hold a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, for two houses built on Hardesty Lane under a joint development agreement to build affordable single-family houses. The ceremony will be held for the houses at 1305 and 1309 Hardesty Lane, Winston-Salem.
Hardesty Lane (formerly Lawrence Street) is named for Charlie Hardesty, a co-founder of Forsyth Seafood. Forsyth Seafood has recently adopted the street and is committed to its beautification. Atkins CDC owns four more lots on the block and plans to build more homes on Hardesty Lane and other vacant lots in the neighborhood.
The city is working with the Atkins CDC on its East End Revitalization Initiative, which is in the area bounded by North Cleveland Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, East Fifth Street and East Belews Street. The project involves acquiring eligible vacant lots and vacant houses, demolishing houses as necessary, and building or rehabilitating single-family houses for homeownership. The CDC has acquired 11 parcels and constructed two houses using funds provided by the city.
The Atkins CDC has also developed housing on East Tenth Street, Graham Avenue and in the Ridgewood Place subdivision off High Point Road, and renovated the former Boys and Girls Club building on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive into a business incubator and meeting facility called the Enterprise Center.