On a cold January afternoon over a month ago, HAWS’ Executive Director, Kevin Cheshire, and Winston-Salem Alliance President and Mayor Allen Joines addressed the residents of Crystal Towers. At that meeting that was closed to the media and the general public, the residents of Crystal Towers were told that their building wou… More
The January 25 meeting of the Downtown Winston-Salem Business Improvement District Advisory Committee featured a surprisingly honest albeit brief discussion on the lack of affordable housing in the center city. The lack of affordable or even workforce housing downtown is the elephant in the room. Everyone knows that Downtown Wi… More
On Tuesday, January 18th, just before noon the Winston-Salem Housing Authority (HAWS) and Mayor Joines held a long-overdue meeting with Crystal Tower’s residents. The threat of selling Crystal Towers has haunted Crystal Towers’ 200 elderly and disabled residents since the summer of 2018. Much to the surprise of thi… More
Mayor and Winston-Salem Alliance President Allen Joines has largely failed to maintain existing affordable housing units or produce new affordable housing units in Winston-Salem. As Joines has now been in office for 2o years. He is by far the longest-serving mayor in the twin city’s history. Through state and federal offic… More
The Housing Authority of Winston-Salem appears poised to purchase the former SECU Commons property near Old Greensboro and Reidsville Road. According to HAWS’ board meeting notes, HAWS is in the process of acquiring 15 newly renovated apartment units and the rest of the former SECU Commons’ mix-used campus. Eventua… More
Why does the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem own a $3.5 million commercial building on Fourth Street that houses no one? This is a question that I have delved into in a previous post. But I’m back at it again. And this time, I have more documents on the subject to share.
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The September 7, 2021, meeting of the Winston-Salem City Council was a relatively brief and bland affair. It lasted just over 53 minutes. Several items on the Council’s monthly zoning agenda were unceremoniously pulled from the agenda and continued to a later date without explanation. The Housing Authority’s redeve… More
I found this article in the Central Library’s North Carolina Room some time ago. It’s eye-opening. In the article below (that I am sharing for educational purposes) we learn that some prime real estate near Buena Vista has a hidden history. It was once used by Francis Fries to house enslaved Africans who were too old to be e… More
“This is the very first major part of bringing that East End Master Plan vision to life. It’s just a phenomenal project.” -Annette Scippio, April 5, 2021, WSNC City Council meeting.
The Garden Court Apartments are going to be redeveloped. The modestly built apartment units that have been vacant during the pandem… More
Today, I’m posting the first of what I hope to be many Throwback Thursday posts. Every Thursday, for the foreseeable future, I am planning on examining, at length, a video from the City of Winston-Salem’s YouTube channel and other sources. The City of Winston-Salem has a number of excellent documentaries that deserve m… More