Dreher said DHA officials asked the city for funding help for the fence, but city officials have decided CDBG funds would be better spent on addressing some of the housing and other issues on Moore Street itself.
He used for example the scenario of the DHA purchasing a hose (or fence in this case) and the city working to reduce the pressure (addressing Moore Street housing and other issues).
Dreher said there could be an owner-occupant who is stuck in a house on Moore Street because it won’t sell. The city could possibly come in and help with acquisition of the property and relocation of the resident. In this case, market-rate housing on Moore Street can’t co-exist with the public housing complex next door, Dreher added about the reputation and activities occurring there.
“We don’t know how to turn that around,” he said.
Ideally, this summer the city would start analyzing the housing on Moore Street to identify owner-occupied housing, rentals, vacant housing, etc., Dreher said.
“Let’s find out where we stand,” he said about also creating a Geographic Information System (GIS) map.
“My own recommendation is to look for those long-suffering, owner-occupied home owners (and) get them into a better situation,” Dreher said.
Demolitions also could start on vacant and dilapidated structures.
“Clearly our police department is involved in this discussion,” Dreher added.
He said police officers already have told city officials about particular properties that have changed hands or about resident changes and “illegitimate stores.”