Research shows that life expectancy at birth is more than 15 years lower in St. Paul’s neighborhoods than it is for residents living in the adjacent downtown corridor. Differences in neighborhood conditions and patterns of residential segregation are the causes of health inequities among different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. This functional isolation has resulted in a lack of access to services and opportunity for the residents. The physical redevelopment will create a connected, thriving mixed-income, mixed-use community of opportunity with access to quality amenities, healthcare and recreation and open space that the residents demand.
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A series of community meetings were held with residents and community stakeholders to create their vision for the St. Paul’s Area. From these meetings, six design principles were developed and serve as the foundation for a re-imagined St. Paul’s.
- Create a mixed-income community with a diverse mix of residential development ranging from single-family and town homes to small and large scale multifamily for all income levels.
- Provide high-quality educational opportunities through income-integrated schools that close the achievement gap for low-income students. A transformed St. Paul’s will provide access to excellent educational opportunities in partnership with Norfolk Public Schools, five local colleges and universities located in Norfolk and early childhood education institutions.
- Include employment opportunities along St. Paul’s Boulevard through office and commercial space and the development of an anchor investment to bring people in from the broader community.
- Provide recreation and open space opportunities including active facilities offering exercise and play, walking, biking, tot lots, and playgrounds as well as passive activities allowing for enjoyment of natural areas and open spaces as well as space to hold group events such as festivals and cookouts.
- Create a connected pattern of neighborhood streets and blocks that create the framework for a mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood that replace the existing super block structure.
- Restore Church Street as the commercial, civic and social heart of the community. Church Street will be realigned and buildings along each side will be mixed-use, with ground level retail or community-serving offices.
Resident Input Shapes Transformation