We’ve often talked about the neighborhood surrounding Sahlen’s Stadium as a perceived barrier to drawing more visitors. It’s been proven time and again if stadium offers great programming, people have no hesitation going, but the perception problems remain.
The neighborhood, called JOSANA, has been gradually improving over time. A new public square and garden have been built. Habitat for Humanity has built about 40 homes. Cornerstone is building more. Now the city is putting 29 lots up for sale. Some are in the stadium’s sight line.
The city has issued a Request for Proposals for the 29 lots. The city is hoping for affordable housing, including single family homes. If nothing else. the RFP will gauge developer interest. There might not be any. That’s because the area is incredibly poor.
According to a 2010 market study, there are 2,930 residents of JOSANA and slightly less than 1,000 households. The population is dropping. The media family income is $20,800. The per capita income is $9,250. Nearly half of households don’t own cars. The housing stock is very old, with two-thirds having been built before 1939.
Make no mistake, this is an effort to rebuild and save a neighborhood. The proposals are due in March.
Links of the Day:
– The guy who closed Scotch ‘N Sirloin in Rochester blames our economy and competition.
– He ran for governor. Now he may run for school board. Carl Paladino wants to take out a “bunch of incompetents.”
– Online degrees have jumped the shark. One college awards them based on current knowledge, even if you’ve never taken a class.
– An Albany church that counts Founding Fathers among former members celebrates 250 years.