Ways In Which We Have Stretched Our Efforts
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In August 2004, after several years of negotiations, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven acquired the 12 houses at the intersection of Whalley Avenue, Blake Street, and E.T. Grasso Boulevard now known collectively as Fairlawn Manor. These 12 houses had been neglected and were ultimately abandoned by their previous owner, an investor from New York City. Each of the houses was restored to historic standards and specifications and received complete lead and asbestos abatement.
Fairlawn Manor was developed as a mixed-income development to promote and preserve economic diversity in the Blake Street area. It also became the birthplace of our Revitalization Demonstration Project, which was our initial experiment in developing a comprehensive approach to neighborhood revitalization. The impact of the restoration of these houses was significant, since all traffic entering New Haven on Whalley Avenue passes right by Fairlawn Manor. NHS has worked closely with the new homeowners to establish a sense of community. We sponsored potluck dinners, informal get-togethers, and community participation events such as tree planting and block clean-ups in support of our rehabilitation work. We expect that these homes will be occupied by their original owners for many years to come.