Observations & Lessons Learned
The North of Broad project has allowed Homeport to recognize the power of a long term, concentrated investment strategy. This strategy included far more than housing development, though that played a crucial role. Homeport worked at engaging the community through the creation of a block watch which evolved into a residents’ association; owner-occupied repairs for existing homeowners, a community garden in partnership with a local congregation, grants to support economic development and local businesses, and more. The real estate development is one piece of a larger revitalization effort happening in the area and it is why this project has seen such great success.
Before and After: 249 21st St.