PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — It was once a high school, then a proposed subdivision — but what’s now standing at the former Cradock High School is just a pile of dirt. However, by 2017, that could change.
The City of Portsmouth could break ground on almost 200 new homes. Most neighbors in the area say this is exactly what the area needs.
Khrista Black is a longtime Portsmouth resident who welcomes new plans for new homes at the Afton Green Subdivision to be built on the former Cradock High school site.
“It is a very positive thing, because this area really needs a shot,” said Black.
Black has been attending the meetings and talking with the developer, Eric Shirey of Ryan Homes. After all, she lives just feet away from the 42-acre property off George Washington Highway.
“The homes will be a gated community, from what I understand, and they are quite positive they will just sell the homes and it’s a win-win situation for this area,” said Black.
The project to build 172 new homes was approved Tuesday by Portsmouth’s planning commission. That includes changes to the original housing project, approved in 2011 to include cutting the number of houses down from 200, which would ultimately create larger lots.
Black says she thinks the new project will raise her property value.
“The value of the new homes will be quite higher so I’m quite sure the value of ours will go up as well,” said Black.
However, some neighbors expressed concerns about traffic in and out of the development. But across the board, for the most part, it seems the Portsmouth residents welcomes new neighbors to their side of town.
The plans now head to Portsmouth City Council for approval in August.