March 13, 2007
You can see brand new homes and white picket fences, but it wasn't too long ago that the area of 10th and Page was known as one of the most notorious in the city when it came to crime.
"They had been neglected for many, many years and needed a revitalization to bring it back," said Mark Watson, of the Piedmont Housing Authority
The Piedmont Housing Authority and the City of Charlottesville created a plan that would build over thirty brand new homes in the area and so far, everyone's noticed a difference.
"Overall there's been an 80 percent decrease in crime to the neighborhood," said Watson.
"We haven't had any trouble, one time that the police came and knocked on our door was the only time that they had a survey going on," said 10th and Page resident, Honishka Adish.
Neighborhood of the Year isn't the only award on the 10th and Page shelf. They recently received the EPA's Energy Star Award.
Not only is the PHA excited about this award, CBS19 talked to residents who live there and said they are excited as well.
"I am very happy in this space, its very peaceful and very beautiful space," said Kamela Adish, area resident.
Kamela and her family were refugees from Afghanistan who escaped Taliban rule to come to America. She said buying their first house on 10th and Page has made their quest of the American dream a reality.
"It's a chance for me, I'm very happy to have a house in this neighborhood, close to UVa. It's good for my life and good for my children," said Adish.
"It shows a lot about what's going on in the city and the neighborhood that we are in, its peaceful, it has changed a lot," said Adish.
All of the new houses on the block are Energy Star certified. Average utilities cost are about $75 or $80 a month. With lower costs and less crime, a lot of people here are happy.
Tuesday night the Planning Commission will present this year's planning awards before it's meeting.