Old Cradock High School demolition continues

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Demolition continues at the old Cradock High School site in Portsmouth, and nearby residents are all too eager for what will eventually replace it.

From her home on Barney Place, Brandi Chyzinski can look up the street and see the demolition, but she isn’t too pleased with the result, so far.

“When they tore it down the first day, rats were coming across the street. I got little kids. I got a five-month-old baby. I don’t need that kind of stuff in my house,” she said.

SRW Services Construction Manager Bill Underwood said his crews will be at the site for approximately two months before the new development begins.

“If you look around, you see all this debris here. This is from the school. Concrete, brick, all this material will be crushed and left on site here for future use for the new development,” Underwood said.

That new development is named Afton Square, and according to Underwood, it will include 200 houses across the 40 acres of land.

“Construction will begin within the next five months, and hopefully this subdivision will sell out in four years,” he said.

Another neighbor, Raushana Jones, is looking forward to the new development.

“It’s a lot of families that don’t have homes, so that’ll give somebody the opportunity to have somewhere to live in Portsmouh. We don’t have a lot here,” she said.

A new recreation center is also planned for the area. The single family homes are set to range in the mid $200,000.

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