Richmond Slum Faces Transformation

An area of rundown, vacant houses in Richmond faces a radical makeover. Mayor Jim Barnes Wednesday announced a plan to transform the Tipton Court neighborhood. “It’s dilapidated housing.  And what we’re doing is we’re tearing up those houses, there’s like six or seven houses that are in bad shape,” said Barnes.

Replacing the houses will be affordable condos and duplexes for senior citizens, according to Barnes. An $890,000 federal grant will pay for the project.

“I think anytime you can get affordable housing, particularly for our senior citizens, a lot of times they don’t have a lot of choice, and I think this is going to give a lot of them an opportunity to have a real nice place, a wonderful environment at a low cost,” said Barnes.

Work begins on the project in mid-summer. It’s expected to be finished within a year.