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Habitat for Humanity Presents Plans for Southwood To County Planners, Supervisors

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The plan emphasized that no one will be displaced The plan emphasized that no one will be displaced
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville is looking to transform the Southwood Mobile Home Park into upgraded - but still affordable - housing.

On Tuesday, August 7, the group presented the first phase of its proposal to Albemarle County planners and supervisors.

This is the first time the plans have been presented to the board and the commission for feedback.

Habitat for Humanity has a different model for its plans at the Southwood community – it’s going to let the people who live there take charge in development efforts.

“We're proposing something that's actually really pretty dramatically different than the way things normally happen, that is really, really important that residents are the ones who are leaders and who are the ones who are voices and who have power to shape the neighborhood,” says Dan Rosensweig, the president and CEO of Charlottesville’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

A representative who lives in Southwood spoke about this redevelopment project’s goals and mission at the meeting as well.

The plan emphasizes no displacement of those already calling that area home, and it’ll put a focus on better housing and infrastructure.

“We said we're not going to hold them accountable under a standard template of the neighborhood model, but that doesn't mean that they still can then escape responsibility to satisfy other ordinances of the county and other expectations of the county,” says Rick Randolph, who’s on the board of supervisors.

A number of people living in the Southwood community showed up at the meeting on Tuesday in support of the proposal.

After receiving feedback from these groups, Habitat for Humanity is hoping to appear before the planning commission sometime in the next few months for its first rezoning hearing.