COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Ujima Community Development Corporation, Inc. (UJIMA) is a community-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation, established primarily to carry out and support social and economic development activities designed to improve the quality of life in the community. UJIMA is committed to creating an environment that preserves the health, safety and well-being of under served senior residents of the City View community in northeastern Winston Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, and its environs.
After initial visioning sessions in 2007, the CDC Board set about building its capacity and forming a development concept --- activities that resulted in an approved rezoning petition in 2010. Subsequently Ujima successfully sought predevelopment assistance from the City of Winston-Salem, and was awarded a grant to support the cost of architectural designs, site civil construction designs, land clearing and site preparation designs. This predevelopment work has been monitored and directed by the Board over the past three years.
Ujima's Senior Housing and Retirement Village Project is being planned as a 50-unit, five-star quality senior citizen independent housing complex. When completed the development will consist of a two-story, 28-unit structure (comprised of 1-BR apartments), 11 duplex structures containing 22 2BR units, and will also feature a community center for the use of residents of the complex and surrounding community. The 8.5 acre development site is located on Barbara Jane Avenue and Woodrow Powell --- off Old Greensboro Road in Winston-Salem --- in the City View neighborhood.
During the fall of 2013 the CDC has:
1. Received final design schematic drawings from its architect
2. Received the following final Site Civil Construction Plans from its engineers
a. Tree Conservation and Schematic Landscape Plan
b. Demolition and Erosion Control Plan
c. Site and Utility Plan
d. Grading and Drainage Plan
e. Sanitary Sewer and Storm Sewer Profiles
f. Wet Pond Plan and Details
g. Wet Pond Planting Plan
h. Site Details
i. Erosion Control Details
3. Received a Phase 1 Environmental Assessment confirming that no environmental issues are expected for the
4. Commissioned a preliminary market study for the project; to date Ujima has relied on a recent report for
another project in the area
5. Has contacted two additional professional developers to seek advice/assistance in navigating the upcoming
financing and construction phases of the project
Plans for the Next Six Months (Winter 2013 and Spring 2014)
The CDC has established a number of objectives for the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, including; 1) securing the financing needed to begin site preparation, infrastructure improvements, and building construction; 2) preliminary marketing and pre-leasing of rental units; 3) additional fundraising to support the CDC’s mission of community development; and 4) expanded outreach to the community regarding the Senior Housing and Retirement Village Project and other CDC initiatives.
A Community Behind Us
We took a survey of the area and found that all who we talked to were in favor of our project and some were interested in downsizing and putting their property on the market for younger homeowners. The population we serve is 55 years of age and over, prepared to downsize, and/or move to a community of their peers that will enhance their well-being. They are a combination of retired seniors and baby boomers waiting to enjoy a new found experience.
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