Since 1990, the County has undertaken redevelopment and revitalization activities for its older commercial corridors and neighborhoods. The County has also assisted with several privately initiated revitalization efforts including the redevelopment of the Crestview and Suburban Apartments, the Reynolds Metals site on West Broad Street, Willow Lawn, White Oak Village, and Rocketts Landing.
Efforts to stabilize the County’s older residential neighborhoods began in 1997 with the creation of the Community Maintenance Program. To promote redevelopment of older commercial areas and to stabilize and enhance older neighborhoods, several planning studies including the Critical Issues Team Report and the County’s Comprehensive Revitalization Strategy, recognized the need to create a new agency to focus on the needs of older residential and commercial communities, and to coordinate the County’s revitalization efforts.
The Department of Community Revitalization was created by the Board of Supervisors in May of 2004.
PROGRAMS AND ORGANIZATION
The Department of Community Revitalization consists of two divisions, the Division of Community Development and the Division of Community Maintenance.
The Division of Community Development administers the County’s federal block grant programs, assists businesses through the Enterprise Zone program, undertakes special revitalization projects, and serves as a resource on housing and community development issues.
The Division of Community Maintenance is responsible for enforcing the zoning ordinance and other code sections which relate to the condition and maintenance of privately owned residential and commercial properties. These include tall grass and weeds, trash and debris, inoperable motor vehicles and others nuisances. The Division seeks to identify resources and volunteer services for homeowners in need of assistance to maintain their homes, such as the Operation Paintbrush Program. The Division provides information and technical assistance to citizens, neighborhood groups and homeowner associations interested in undertaking efforts to improve their communities. The Division also coordinates the Community Cleanup Program in partnership with the Department of Public Utilities.