From the New Haven Independent:
Montreal Johnson spoke of “HOPE” Wednesday. She meant it as an acronym meaning “hope opens peoples eyes.”
Johnson lives at the housing authority’s Rockview development in the West Rock neighborhood. As president of the Tenant Representiave Council (TRC) there, she has been working with the authority on plans for phase II of rebuilding the complex — and joined officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for the mixed-use project.
At the ceremony Johnson thanked the development team for putting the time into hearing from residents like herself and understanding their wants and needs.
Housing authority officials, Mayor Toni Harp and Ward 30 Alder Michelle Edmonds-Sepulveda also attended the groundbreaking for the 78-unit development.
Construction on this phase should take about a year, according to housing authority Executive Director Karen DuBois-Walton. The rebuilt mixed-income development will be made up of 62 affordable units and 16 market-rate units. DuBois-Walton said there will be 23 two-bedroom units, 51 three-bedroom units, and four four-bedroom units.
Read the New Haven Independent's article "Ground Broken On Another West Rock Redevelopment," featuring Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of New Haven.