Meeting held to discuss Cleveland Ave. renovations in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Housing Authority of Winston-Salem held the first of many community meetings to gain input on the Cleveland Avenue Homes revitalization project.

Executive Director Larry Wood said Wednesday 30 community business partners met to discuss the potential changes to housing and resources available for those that live there.

“This is not about bricks and mortar, this is about building people,” Woods said. “Just transforming obsolete housing is not enough, you have to transform neighborhood and transform people.”

Woods said they plan to apply for several grants to cover the $8 million cost estimate of the new housing.

While there have been upgrades to the kitchen, windows and doors, Woods admits there has not been much change in structure since the 1950s.

Six weeks ago the Housing Authority of Winston Salem was awarded a $500,000 federal choice neighborhood planning grant to cover the planning costs for urban redevelopment.

Woods said the entire project will be done in phases and could take up to 18 months of planning alone when addressing concerns of transportation access, education job opportunities and healthcare.

The community meeting at Bethlehem Baptist Church Wednesday night is the first of many. There will also be a website developed and updates through social media sites on the process.