Very recently, the Raleigh Housing Authority received a report about the physical conditions of Heritage Park that is simply staggering. The report has given us an even greater sense of urgency about the need to provide far better housing conditions at Heritage Park for current residents, future residents, and residents of generations to come. In addition, federal funding will not cover the cost of repairs.
For more information, please see CEO remarks at our September 20 Development Planning event.
The RHA has hired a master development team to plan the redevelopment of Heritage Park.
Brinshore Development and Raleigh Raised Development, together with the Raleigh Housing Authority, are the development partners for Heritage Park. They have joined with Torti Gallas Partners, Moseley Architects and BL Wall to act as the Master Planner of the site.
The Master Planning Process began with resident and community meetings in June of 2023. During the summer and fall of 2023, the team is continuing to seek input from residents, community members, city staff and leadership and other stakeholders.
On September 20, 2023, another meeting will be held on site at Heritage Park to have smaller discussions focused around opportunities, challenges, and hopes for the future Heritage Park. In November 2023, a 4-day planning charrette will be held where stakeholders can drop in and give the planning and development team feedback on what they hope to see in the new community. All of this qualitative data will lead to the development options for presentation to the Raleigh Housing Authority Board at the beginning of 2024. These options will take into consideration the feedback from the residents and stakeholders as well as what will work best for the site from a construction and financing perspective.
No, there is no plan yet. The development and planning team will not propose a plan until adequate feedback has been gathered and considered.
The Raleigh Housing Authority has committed that any resident that is lease-compliant will have the opportunity to return to Heritage Park. Lease compliance means that if you are in good standing on your lease with RHA , you would be accepted into the redeveloped site.
If you have concerns about your status, please reach out to the property manager to learn about tools and resources to ensure you are eligible to return.
Construction will not begin on site until 2025 at the earliest. The development and planning team will share a more detailed timeline once a redevelopment plan has been proposed and accepted. The timing will depend greatly on the availability of financial resources.
A relocation schedule will be shared once the site plan has been proposed and accepted and a financing structure has been established. All residents that will be affected by relocation will be notified at least six months in advance.
The Raleigh Housing Authority will hire relocation specialists that will work with each family affected to minimize disruption as much as possible. Relocation costs will be paid for or reimbursed by the RHA, including utility shut off and turn on, and moving expenses.
These amounts will be determined by the Uniform Relocation Act (URA) at the time of relocation. Current URA information can be found here: www.hudexchange.info/programs/relocation/overview/#residential-relocation
The new project will likely be financed using Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and will have project-based vouchers to subsidize the rent of current residents so that they will continue to pay 30% of income in rent. For current residents who live in a LIHTC unit without a project-based voucher, rents will also be set at 30% of income.
The relocation specialists and property management team will work with each Heritage Park resident that wants to return to the site to find the best unit for them, and we will ensure no current Heritage Park resident is in a unit that they cannot afford.
The Raleigh Housing Authority is partnering with local housing providers to place project-based voucher units in developments throughout the city. These units, in addition to RHA’s other public housing units, will be relocation options for Heritage Park residents. Residents will also have the opportunity to receive a tenant-based voucher for their housing needs.