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April 22, 2014

To improve safety

City, DHA target Moore Street for development

One city official says Moore Street on the city’s east side is “tainted beyond turning it around.”

“It’s just a catastrophe there. We know that in the first block (of Moore Street) north of Fairchild Street and up against Fair Oaks, those houses have lost any appeal to anyone who doesn’t want any affiliation with the housing complex,” said John Dreher, neighborhood development manager with the city.

With another Moore Street shooting in the city in the last few days, city and Danville Housing Authority officials are waiting for the release of federal funding for security improvements targeting that area.

Greg Hilleary, DHA executive director, said he expects to learn next month about the release of $25,000 earmarked in capital funding the housing authority will receive from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to install a tubular, steel fence along the east side of the Fair Oaks property between the housing complexes and houses along Moore Street. Moore Street runs north to south, east of Fair Oaks, between Fairchild and Voorhees streets.

The new fence will connect to fencing at the northeast corner of the Fair Oaks property.

Hilleary said the fence will measure about 700 linear feet and extend to Fairchild Street. The fence, unlike a chain link fence, would be very difficult to break though.

Curtailing “the flight” of people in the area, such as during a criminal activity, would help the police department, he said.

“I truly think putting a barrier up will make our property more secure and assist the police in apprehension,” Hilleary said. “It will force traffic to Fairchild Street.”

The city also has earmarked $74,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for DHA/Moore Street containment.

Dreher said HUD is reviewing the city’s CDBG funding spending plan, which includes the Moore Street funding proposal, and city officials expect to hear in the next three weeks or so about the plan’s approval and release of funding.

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