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Fall 2017 • Hurricane House Preliminary Plans

Link: Hurricane House Preliminary Plans

On October 27th, Dr. Gavin Smith, Director of the U.S. Department of HomelandSecurity Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, briefed the membership of the Eastern Section of NCAIA on the efforts of a combined program involving students and faculty in city planning, landscape architecture, and architecture with six local communities in our region. Dr. Smith spoke in detail about the efforts to redesign the land use plan for Princeville for greater resilience from flooding.

The back drop for this effort is sobering. Last May, Governor Cooper, who is from Nash County, requested $929 million in federal funds for help to low and moderate income homeowners. This money was to be used for “buy outs” of flood prone properties or assistance in rebuilding structures to higher floor elevations. To date $37 million has been received.  With the economic impact to Houston, the entire state of Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands much more competition for fewer fund dollars was caused by the hurricanes of September.

Contrast this with the needs of small and medium size towns that were flooded and the forgotten people of eastern North Carolina and you will see the need that Dr. Smith’s program is responding to right now. You will also hear how your section, with the help of local Rotary and ACTIVATE North Carolina money is being used to generate a book of plans for affordable houses that flood victims might be able to build for their families.

The need for these plans was first requested by former President of the Eastern Section, Brandon Love, of Lumberton. Brandon is the Director of Community Development in Lumberton; Lumberton is one of the mid size towns flooded a year ago.

More Information:
AIA Eastern NC Affordable Housing Plans: Hurricane House Preliminary Plans
Reflector.com News Article: Hurricane Mathew: One Year Later
HomePlace: A Conversation Guide for the Princeville Community, Rebuilding After Hurricane Matthew
UNC Coastal Resilience Center