Story by Andrea Salina Fleming | Fairmont Community Development Partnership
Published by The Fairmont News
The Fairmont Community Development Partnership (FCDP) has high expectations for 2017.
Over the past two years, the Partnership has experienced a wave of changes — from leadership to the direction of our mission and projects and finally our overall approach to community development. Although we have held strong to our revitalization efforts in our target areas of Virginia Avenue and The Maple/Ogden/Jackson Addition area of Fairmont, we have also looked at how our agency can aid in redevelopment for Fairmont and Marion County as a whole. We are actively involved in multiple coalitions including the Westside Action Coalition (WAC) and the 4 Fairmont/Fairmont Rising group and a new tri-county group that has been formed to address regional housing and development issues. Staying engaged with high-caliber community groups like these have helped FCDP develop a framework for revitalization that includes more social capital and community stakeholders with hopes that future development is not just what we want, but what the citizens of Fairmont want as well.
The Partnership is wrapping up six affordable rental units on Virginia Avenue that are now available for rent. This project continues our efforts to replace blighted properties with safe, decent and affordable housing that matches the footprint of the original neighborhood. We have a similar development on tap this year with new construction slated to begin on Virginia Avenue and Abbott Street as soon as this summer. This development will add six additional units to our portfolio.