Location: Norfolk, VA
The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) was awarded a $35 million federal Hope VI grant to tear down the Roberts Village and Bowling Creek public housing projects and build the new Broad Creek Renaissance neighborhood. The diversity and arrangement of housing styles in Broad Creek creates distinct yet harmonious neighborhoods tied together by public spaces and streets, which creates a strong sense of community. Through the diversity inherent in a mixed-income community, Broad Creek provides something for everyone and, most importantly, an inviting place to call home—including market rate rental housing, senior apartments, home ownership and commercial uses all woven into a New Urbanist Plan.
RRMM Architects, together with Urban Design Associates, coordinated the demolition of the existing residential buildings, and provided the design for the replacement neighborhoods. These new neighborhoods that now comprise Broad Creek consist of over 600 homes provided in an exciting variety of single-family houses, duplexes, and triplexes. The buildings are designed in the regional styles of Craftsman, Cape Cod, Traditional/Colonial and Classical in a variety of different sizes—all with the goal aesthetically tying them to surrounding neighborhoods to enhance the sense of community. Neighborhood amenities include underground utilities, high-speed Internet access for all residences, a lake and parks, community library, family fitness and recreation center, and neighborhood walking and biking trails. The Broad Creek area is slated for future light-rail service by Hampton Roads Transit.