Roanoke City to address success, future projects in Melrose-Orange target area

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Roanoke City leaders will host the monthly Melrose-Orange Target Area stakeholder meeting on Monday night, and attendees can expect announcements on new plans for the area.

“We’re doing some exciting things there, and we’ve got a good future ahead of us as well,” said Keith Holland, Community Resource Administrator City of Roanoke.

The city has been allocating HUD funds in the area for the past five years, and have two big projects coming up. 

One of the projects includes a new streetscape to revamp a section of street between 21st and 24th Street. The streetscape project will include bus covered shelters, street trees, and improved lighting. 

They will also discuss areas to consider for a new target area with plans to transition to a new area in 2020.

“We’ll be looking at vacancy rate,” said Holland. 

“We’ll be looking at a lot of census date. Age, poverty level, home ownership versus rental. There’s a number of factors we’ll be looking at.”

Holland highlights the success of the past five years in the Melrose-Orange Target area to the growth of home rehabilitation with 87 limited rehabilitations, and nine major rehabilitations.

The Melrose-Orange Target area meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Goodwill Industry of the Valleys. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to share ideas and feedback.

For more information about the project, click here.

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