The Town of Alberta received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $1,000,000 from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD) for housing and infrastructure improvements within the Samford Street community in September 2010. The project area includes North Street, Oak Street, Samford Street, and Pine Street.
The project was divided into two multi-year projects. Project activities in Multi-Year 1, completed in May 2013, included rehabilitation of eleven (11) owner-occupied units, rehabilitation of two (2) investor-owned units and substantial reconstruction of four (4) owner-occupied units. Additionally, two (2) blighted structures were demolished; connections of five (5) units to municipal water and sewer were made; and stormwater drainage improvements were initiated.
Project activities in Multi-Year 2, also completed in May 2013, included rehabilitation of one (1) owner-occupied units and the rehabilitation of eight (8) investor-owned units. Stormwater drainage improvements were completed as well as clearance of debris, trash, inoperable vehicles and dilapidated structures throughout the neighborhood.