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
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
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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At the November 16 meeting of the Winston-Salem City Council, our centrist-Democrat-dominated governing body voted 7-1 to use $1 million from the City’s scarce housing assistance funds to subsidize development at Whitaker Park. Councilmember Dan Besse was the only member of the council who objected.
In today’s blo… More
Crystal Towers is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Winston-Salem, at 625 W Sixth St. The Housing Authority of Winston-Salem had a buyer lined up to redevelop Crystal Towers, but HUD wouldn’t let them sell Crystal during a pandemic.
Crystal Towers’ residents are just a short walk from the Central Library (w… More
For the last couple of weeks, I have been taking photos of the Liberty Street Corridor, while practicing social distancing. Only a five-minute drive from downtown, it’s a world away. While downtown Winston has received over $1 billion in public and private investments over the last couple of decades, the Liberty Street Corri… More
The Winston-Salem Journal just posted an update on the measures the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem is taking to safeguard Crystal Towers and its other public housing facilities from the spread of Coronavirus. Earlier this week, WFDD reported that HAWS had taken a few steps to address the threat of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 at C… More
While the governor has declared a state of emergency, it’s business as usual for the Housing Authority. The Housing Authority of Winston-Salem is not taking proactive measures to protect its residents from a potential Coronavirus/COVID19 outbreak.
Yesterday, after inspecting Crystal Tower’s lobby and first-flo… More
“Happy Hill!” “Black history!” The voice of Ben Piggott rang through the Sims Recreation Center Saturday. Ben Piggott, a longtime rec center manager and organizer in Happy Hill, served as MC for the first-annual Happy Hill Black History Expo. The Happy Hill Neighborhood Association hosted the event. Th… More