Poplar Lawn: “Ugly House” sells for more than $150,000
Key Ceremony to take place on January 3, 2019
On January 3rd The Cameron Foundation, Virginia LISC and project:HOMES will host a Key Ceremony to celebrate the sale and new homeownership of the newly renovated house at 135 Liberty Street in Petersburg’s Poplar Lawn Historic District.
135 Liberty Street was a vacant and severely blighted historic property, with multiple safety and code violations. After extensive renovations, the once unlivable home has been brought back to life and will soon have new owners. Less than a year after announcing plans to rehabilitate the proverbial “ugly house next door” in Petersburg’s historic Poplar Lawn neighborhood, Virginia LISC, project:HOMES and The Cameron Foundation announce the sale of the home. While this is not the first or only project completed, 135 Liberty marks the first vacant property to be renovated and sold through the “Partners for Neighborhood Renewal – Poplar Lawn” (PNR) initiative. Having undergone complete renovations, 135 now serves as the model home for the neighborhood, where PNR is concentrating its resources.
Cameron Foundation makes awards on 14th anniversary of grantmaking for Tri-Cities area
Celebrating 14 years of philanthropy in the Tri-Cities community, The Cameron Foundation approved new grant funding for 25 organizations in October. The awards total $867,400. In the ceremony to celebrate its 14th anniversary, Board Chair Pam Martin Comstock announced that the latest funding from this October cycle brought the Foundation’s total giving to more than $86 million.
City of Hopewell and Cameron Foundation Celebrate Completion of Community Gateway Project at Route 10 Bridge
The City of Hopewell and The Cameron Foundation celebrated completion of their major $1 million cooperative gateway project with a dedication ceremony at the site today. The 10,000 square-foot gateway project – which features the iconic sculpture, “Return,” by international artist Ralph Helmick – is located at the Route 10 bridge across the Appomattox River, traveling east into the city. The sculpture serves as the centerpiece to this major gateway into the city, which also includes extensive landscaping, lighting, decorative paving and other site improvements.
In selecting the location, Hopewell officials identified the site as a key corridor for travelers entering the city. It has been targeted for economic development, with several projects under way or now completed.