Thursday, March 12, 2009

Reiger and the CDC

Several years ago, a local business man and church member, John Grady gave a multi-family apartment to the Central Dallas Community Development Corporation. Frankly, the building needed a lot of work!

Well, that work has been just about completed. Thanks to Johnice Woods' unbelievable tenacity in working with the City of Dallas the building has been transformed. Using City HOME funds, the project received a grant of $370,000. Each of the 16 units in the building has been completely renovated, much to the delight of the tenants, all of whom elected to remain in the building. In addition, an old structure behind the building has been demolished and the parking lot has been repaved. The side lot is being cleared and transformed into a playground for the building's and the neighborhood's children.

Take a moment to watch the video. I think you'll be encouraged!


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Larry, that video is missing for some reason. Thought you'd wanna know!

Pam Pohly

Larry James said...

Pam, sorry, but it works for me! Try again. Is anyone else having trouble seeing it?

Lynn Leaming said...

I could view the video fine Larry. Very impressive. Too bad there are not more Johnice's out there. Shame that I am not more like Johnice. Those tenants have to feel so much better about themselves and life with such improved living quarters. The only negative comment I have is if any of them are elderly they need to have some railing up those stairs :)
I love the informal way you videoed it. Thanks for sharing!!

Jeremy Gregg said...
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Jeremy Gregg said...

IF you can't see the video here, go to the YouTube page directly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBFZDzIz0tI

Great job on the new media, Larry. I love the videos!

Larry James said...

Just one more important detail: after the improvements no one's rent went up! Gotta be a first in East Dallas! Way to go, team!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, now the video is working. I don't know what was wrong when I was here before... all is well.

Janet said...

Way to go, Johnice!! That is truly awesome! I can remember the apartments before. Would abhorrent be too strong of a word?? ...especially the "apartments" in the back that have now been torn down. "Minor miracle" is a very accurate statement.

Anonymous said...

Wonderfully inspiring!