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Published March 11, 2012, 08:53 PM

Some neighborhoods in Grand Forks get revitalized

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Two programs try to make a difference in neglected neighborhoods in Grand Forks. The goal, provide low income housing and update an old neighborhood.

By: Meagan Millage, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Two programs try to make a difference in neglected neighborhoods in Grand Forks. The goal, provide low income housing and update an old neighborhood.

Emily Wright, GF Community Land Trust Executive Director: "The primary goal is just to revitalize this neighborhood that was once such a thriving neighborhood, and now really needs that energy put back into it."

The Grand Forks Community Land Trust is relatively new and the first of its kind in the state. Its goal is to provide affordable housing for low and moderate income families. The non-profit just received 11 city-owned lots.

Emily Wright: "We have more families on the waiting list than the number of lots that were donated and that waiting list is filling very quickly, so we don't anticipate any issue there."

The donation of these lots isn't directly part of the urban neighborhood initiative. But the new construction will help the city revitalize the Near Southside.

Meredith Richards, Community Development Manager: "this will be a great partnership for everyone"

The Mayor's Urban Neighborhood Initiative started in 2007 with its pilot project in the Near North Neighborhood.

Meredith: "It was never meant to be a one size fits all. What worked in the north end, some of that will work in the south end. But the south end residents will have their own wish list and their own needs."

The Near Southside Neighborhood is one of the city's oldest residential districts.

Meredith: "The neighbors should be very happy to see new constructions in a style that will fit the neighborhood. It'll build the tax base, it'll bring families, it'll just be a real nice benefit for everyone."

Emily: "We already have one home under construction in the neighborhood that's going to close within the next few months. And then we're anticipating building probably four to five homes per year, and that's a very reasonable realistic goal for us."

Those lots were left vacant after flood demolitions.

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