Tremont is known for its great restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques. The trendy area charms visitors into becoming residents with its diverse housing, ranging from lovingly restored century homes to quirky apartments for all income levels.
The saying usually goes, “out with the old and in with the new,” but the Hope VI Development in Tremont is integrating the two. For years the Valleyview Homes were separated from the rest of Tremont and were considered an eyesore. Now the homes that replace Valleyview, in a project costing $24 million, will no longer be isolated from the rest of the community.
According to Stephen Bloom, interim executive director of Tremont West Development Corp., the housing will reflect the diverse neighborhood by integrating residences for a range of incomes. The streets to the neighborhood were joined to connect the Tremont community geographically and socially.
“The fact is,” Bloom said, “we are going to see an area that has gotten a lot of bad publicity turned back into a vibrant, more included area of the neighborhood.”
Former residents of Valleyview, as well as new ones, have been encouraged to try the new homes. A welcoming ceremony, in which families will be given their keys, is set for July.