By the end of October, residents of McDougald Terrace can expect to see a new community center and new houses on Goley Street.
Twenty new apartments and two stand-alone homes are under construction for the Goley Point Development, said Shannon McLean, development director of the Durham Housing Authority. Fourteen of the apartments are public housing.
Roughly 250 people have applied to move into the apartments.
“We have already begun to accept applications for that unit and units should be on line between September and October of this year,” McLean said.
The Housing Authority’s development committee met March 13 to review plans for the project.
Twelve homeless families live in the area, and the city of Durham will offer them job training programs, said McLean.
“There will be community programs and services for those families to help improve their lives,” McLean said.
The Housing Authority plans to renovate 1,850 apartments, mostly in Northeast Central Durham, said Dallas Parks, CEO of the Durham Housing Authority. The number of people who have applied to move into the new apartments shows the need for more housing, he said.
The Housing Authority wants to focus on redeveloping the American Tobacco Trail, Elmira Park, and Bacon Street.
“We will not redevelop the whole area,” said Parks. He added that there are also 1,000 other locations to be renovated.
There is also work to be done in McDougald Terrace. The Housing Authority has applied for federal money to renovate the entire site and neighborhood, and will also receive a renovation grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“We hope to see the entire area redeveloped in a 10 to 15 year period,” said Parks.
Students who live in the renovated area can expect to benefit from the changes as well. The T. A. Grady Recreation Center at McDougald Terrace is partnering with the Housing Authority to offer tutoring and SAT prep classes. The Center will also offer after school and summer programs that will include classes in science, technology, engineering and math.
“It will provide after-school and summer camp opportunities for students who reside in the Durham Housing Authority community,” said Melvin Green, the Grady Center’s program director and services manager.
CAPTION: Dallas Parks (center) meets with the Durham Housing Authority’s development committee to review plans for the Goley Point Development. Parks is CEO of the Durham Housing Authority. Photo Courtesy of Christopher Moore.