Parker Riddick + Cypress Manor

Project Details

  • Type:
  • Master Planning
  • Location:
  • Suffolk, VA
  • Client:
  • Suffolk Redevelopment & Housing Authority
  • Completed:
  • June 2008


When Wiencek + Associates first saw the Section 8 neighborhoods that we sought to revitalize, we were struck by their isolation - both physically and economically from the rest of the city as well as internally. Literally caught between the Great Dismal Swamp and two railroad lines, behind a vacant shopping center, and segregated from adjacent working-class neighborhoods by fences that failed to solve past problems, the residents lived in clusters of buildings facing parking lots with ill-defined open spaces around them. W+A worked with the Board of Directors and spoke with city agencies to promulgate our vision for larger-scale changes to the city.  We developed long-range plans to extend the city's bypass, possibly as a boulevard crossing above the railroad lines, to reconnect the disadvantaged neighborhoods with the growth opportunities they need to make them attractive to people with a range of income levels for economic revitalization.