Construction has begun on a transit-oriented development (TOD) in Homewood that kicks-off implementation of Bridging the Busway, a community-driven plan aimed at revitalizing the neighborhood. Homewood Station Senior Apartments will be 41-units of independent senior apartments, and is just the first project in a multi-phased redevelopment plan.
The current $10 11.5 million, four-story development is adjacent to the East Busway’s Homewood Station, is developed by Oxford Development and S&A Homes, and designed by Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. With an anticipated completion date of December 2013, it will include ground floor commercial space for neighborhood businesses, as well as a café.
Bridging the Busway Plan
Completed last April, Bridging the Busway has set out four main goals: to celebrate the East Busway and TOD as neighborhood strengths; build on existing assets; ensure investments enhance the lives of residents and business owners; and to leverage the relative health of Point Breeze North to help stabilize Homewood.
The result was to think of Homewood Avenue more holistically, says Christine Brill, of Studio for Spatial Practice (SSP). Brill co-managed the Bridging the Busway planning process, and consultant team.
“Homewood was kind of the core focus of the project, but everybody recognized that we needed to work with the surrounding communities,” Brill says. “That busway stop is the hub and the catalytic point between Homewood and Point Breeze North.”
Homewood’s assets—including the Afro-American Music Institute and historic Carnegie Library—don’t stop at the busway, and can have a regional draw, Brill says. The East End Food Co-Op and Westinghouse Park, for example, are assets that span neighborhoods, and include Homewood.
And while cities throughout the country are working to increase development around light-rail and bus rapid transit, Brill says, “we already have it, but we have vacant land all around it. So what can we do to harness the potential of what’s around there, and do something that really helps people who live there?”
Source: Christine Brill, Studio for Spatial Practice
Writer: Andrew Moore