2012 National Planning Excellence Award: HUD Secretary's Opportunity & Empowerment Award
Robert R. Taylor Homes / NorthSide Revitalization
Wilmington, North Carolina
The Taylor Homes, barrack-style public housing units, were seen as a barrier to the planned revitalization of the NorthSide. Once a vibrant neighborhood, the NorthSide was now plagued by crime and considered as a housing choice of last resort. The existing Taylor Homes were demolished and the Wilmington Housing Authority led the efforts to secure funding for rebuilding. In place of the older housing, three unique properties were built, reflecting the historic architecture of the surrounding community, offering housing choices to low-income residents, and serving as a community anchor for the NorthSide Plan.
More than 55 community meetings were held to gather input and improve stakeholder involvement. The intense resident participation led to the formation of the NorthSide Neighborhood Association that is still active today.
Now, 240 in-need individuals have moved into the Robert R. Taylor Homes. All of the residents are able to enjoy a new community center, free internet access, parks, playgrounds, and accessible transportation downtown.