Norfolk City Council votes to support plan to demolish public housing projects

NORFOLK, Va. - City council members voted Tuesday night to support a plan to start the process of demolishing three public housing projects.

The proposal passed 7-1.

The plan would require demolishing Tidewater Gardens, Young Terrace, and Calvert Square, according to the city council agenda. Those neighborhoods contain about 1700 units. In its place, mixed-income housing would be built.

Now that it has been approved, city staff members will be directed to work with families and residents on a case-by-case basis to determine their best options.

The project has been talked about for months, but a vote scheduled for last summer was delayed. Since then, city officials held meetings with members of the community.

The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority says the neighborhoods are very old and suffer from flooding.