Eastside Park is a national model for how communities that work together can change the lives of people. Neighborhood residents made it clear from the start that they wanted to be in charge, and they have worked hard to ensure that the changes in their neighborhood were what they wanted and what would be best for the residents. From forming the original steering committee to selection of home builders for new housing construction, residents have made many critical decisions to accomplish the goals necessary to revitalize this neighborhood.
The neighborhood was instrumental in pursuing and coordinating the construction of the Eastside Park community center in 2002. The center is located at 429 Gillespie St. in the heart of the neighborhood and is home to many neighborhood activities and events including National Night Out and neighborhood festivals and fund raisers.
- Purchased and demolished more than 50 dilapidated houses
- Conveyed 60 lots to nonprofit housing developers
- Rehabilitated the 13-unit Bingham Street Apartment
- Acquired five lots for construction by nonprofit housing providers
- Dedicated open space and built the Hassell Street extension
- Completed renovation of 40 Alexander Homes apartments
- In 2009, Youth Focus developed My Sister's House, a group home for pregnant teens, in partnership with the Redevelopment Commission, UNCG Urban Design Studio, and YWCA.
- In 2008, Habitat for Humanity built Arbor Court Town homes, 20 affordable, for-sale town homes.