In June 2019, the board authorized the sale of 55 vacant parcels: 34 to Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation and 21 to the Land Trust. The vote followed a solicitation, which drew two proposals the previous fall.
Under the plans, 50 of the lots would become homes reserved for people earning 80% of the area median income: $57,200.00 for a family of two or $71,500.00 for a family of four. The other five lots would be developed and sold at market rate.
The properties dot a now-gentrifying neighborhood where a 440-unit public housing complex once stood. RRHA received a $26.9 million federal grant in 1997 through the HOPE VI program to demolish the complex and transform the area.
In the two decades since, the housing authority and developers it worked with built 325 income-restricted apartments and single-family homes, including 90 in the neighborhood, with the grant funds.