By C.N. Staff Writer
A community meeting was held in early January about the redevelopment of the Skyland shopping center that is soon to get a facelift. The shopping center sits on the edge of Ward 7 where Good Hope Rd., Naylor Rd and Alabama Ave. meet. It has been in talks of redevelopment for some time, but residents in the immediate area opposed the growth because Wal-Mart has plans to move in.
Tenants also refused to move out, but the project developers have reserved large portions of the proposed residential buildings for affordable housing. The 16-acre site will bring many more stores, feature an entirely overhauled system of pedestrian and vehicular throughways and will have 1,400 commercial parking spaces. It will be the largest shopping center in Ward 7 when it is completed.
Last September Mayor Gray, Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry and other community leaders broke ground on the center’s first demolition for the new project and Walmart is slated to open in 2016 and will debut as a Super Center store with eye care and a grocery store inside. Existing houses will be videotaped during construction to make sure there is no damage and the first residential buildings will be rentals with the final two to be determined closer to completion of the project.