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April 22, 2014

To improve safety

City, DHA target Moore Street for development


City officials still are trying to narrow down exactly how the funding regarding Moore Street would be spent.

“It might be for security, acquisition and relocation,” Dreher said of the initial general information in the plan and HUD wanting specific actions the money would be spent on.

According to the city’s Annual Action Plan for 2014-2015 for upcoming CDBG funding to the city from HUD: the city and DHA have been in consultation for some months concerning criminal activity in the area of where the Fair Oaks housing complex abuts residences in the 900 block of Moore Street, immediately to the east of Fair Oaks.

In the area in question, about 10 single-family residences are located with their back yards against the fence to the Fair Oaks complex. During recent years some of these private, market-rate homes have become havens for illegal merchandising and other undesirable activities involving neighbors within Fair Oaks, according to the plan and city officials.

The situation has become so commonly known that the homes on Moore Street now bear a reputation making them undesirable to respectable people, and additionally public housing residents within Fair Oaks no longer want to be located in that area of the complex, the plan continues.

The plan goes on to say: “law enforcement action has been unable to break the cyclical pattern of purveyors of illicit activities being drawn to occupy the Moore Street houses. Law-abiding residents of Moore Street want out, but lack the resources to do so in view of the reputation of their block.”

The DHA has developed plans and is assembling funding for a security fence to include that area of its perimeter with estimates of around $90,000 for completion of a containment that can halt the foot traffic between Fair Oaks and Moore Street.

City Community Development officials propose the dedication of $74,000 in 2014-2015 CDBG funding for planning, security system assistance to DHA, potential acquisitions, relocation of residents and demolitions to eliminate the blighting condition in the 900 block of Moore Street.

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