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Homes in Old Southwest Roanoke may see new life if rezoning approved

Homes in Old Southwest Roanoke may see new life if rezoning approved

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A real estate developer is wanting to improve Elm Avenue by turning these homes into apartments and for commercial use. A real estate developer is wanting to improve Elm Avenue by turning these homes into apartments and for commercial use.
ROANOKE - Some of the homes in Old Southwest have been empty for years but some of them on Elm Avenue will see new life outside and inside. Barry Bellamy is a real estate developer in Roanoke and restores homes.

He focuses on areas that have potential but recently hit a road block with his vision. The homes he owns on Elm Avenue and Fifth Street are zoned as residential but he's hoping to turn them into apartments and for commercial use too.

The homes are located in what the city calls "village centers," an area where there are shops and restaurants. Some of the better known ones are Grandin Village and Crystal Spring.

Senior city planner Frederick Gusler says the city has been working on revitalizing and supporting redevelopment in the village centers.

"The hope is that they aren't necessarily bigger but attractive and where people want to go both inside and outside of a neighborhood," says Gusler.

"Our generation is coming back and saying 'wow what a cool thing to have with downtown'," says Bellamy.


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