Officials preview ideas for choice neighborhood transformation, remind that residents need to remain at the center

Upcoming initiatives in Newport News’ Marshall-Ridley neighborhood transformation efforts may include a seafood market, commercial kitchen and funds to help homeowners spruce up their properties to go along with new apartments and replacement of Ridley Circle apartments.

As officials reviewed building plans and progress, they expressed several times they needed to focus on the residents of the neighborhood.

The City Council held a work session Sept. 15 to discuss the Choice Neighborhood Initiative.

Ricky Burgess, a city councilman in Pittsburgh, advised the Newport News council to remember “(this) process is not primarily about housing — this is about transforming families and helping families so they have a greater chance at success.” Along with housing, Burgess, who helped lead choice neighborhood transformation efforts in Pittsburgh, said new construction there involved community and resource centers, access to transportation and a new charter school.

The council agreed that the focus is not just on transforming the physical community, but the lives of the people there.

“We need total commitment to make this a reality,” Mayor McKinley Price said. He said the city needed to commit through its actions and its budget so that five years from now, they aren’t looking at a new neighborhood with the same issues that have lingered for decades. That would be a waste of time and money, he said.

The Marshall-Ridley Choice Neighborhood encompasses the Ridley Place and Marshall Courts public housing and much of the surrounding neighborhood. The area has higher rates of poverty and unemployment than the rest of the city.

The Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority is relocating residents from Ridley Place in preparation of the apartments being torn down and eventually replaced. She said 150 households have vouchers and more than 100 have moved or have new housing in place. The neighborhood has

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Clever bathroom transformation hacks for homeowners on a budget

Giving a dated bathroom a much-needed makeover can be expensive.

From swanky new tiles, toilets and tubs to the additional cost of plumbing an installation, a brand new bathroom could set you back thousands of pounds.

But if you’re a homeowner on a budget who wants to give the room a new lease of life without breaking the bank, there are several cheaper options available.

People across across the world are using social media platforms to share their DIY makeover tips and tricks.

When it comes to the bathroom, there’s no shortage of ideas to help you get the look you desire for less.

Some people have achieved dramatic transformations without splashing the cash with items including stick on tiles and bathtub paint.

Others have re-purposed furniture made for other rooms in the house and built their own room accessories from scratch.

Here’s a round up of some of the best budget-friendly tips and ticks the internet has to offer.

Paint your bath

TikTok user @blonderebel decided to repaint her off-yellow bathtub white for a cleaner, more modern look.

In her video she uses a paint brush to apply Rust-Oleum Specialty Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit, revealing the finished look after two coats.

If you’re brave enough to have a go at repainting your bath yourself, you can find bathtub refinishing kits on online retailers for approximately £20 to £40.

Consider stick on tiles

If you’re looking for a quick fix for dated tiles – whether it be for the wall or the floor – consider stick-ons.

Stick on tiles are available in a variety of colours, patterns and textures for around £5 to £40 per pack.

In a short clip, TikTok user @kfoulkes revealed how she used stick-on tiles to transform her bathroom.

She said: “When I moved into

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Kitchen Transform From Inspiration To Transformation

Before you can begin transforming your kitchen, there’s always a requirement for some demolition. Should you plan to use painted cabinets, the fashionable MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) offers a really steady and durable materials, simple to fabricate and an important surface for painting. Because remodeling the kitchen is one of the most popular initiatives, the materials needed to finish the task are comparatively cheap and available.

The cost of a kitchen reworking job can vary extensively, depending on the extent of the remodel. Right now, you can reap the benefits of completely different kitchen reworking calculators from home enchancment and contractor web sites. For those who cook for a large household or have dinner events, it’s your decision additional counter house for meals preparation.

I’d looove to redo my kitchen or much more my ensuite bathroom, however I would in all probability find yourself spending it on redoing windows – double glazing some and at the very least bettering the seals round others – including wall insulation and including some photo voltaic panels to the roof.

We opted for real wooden (stable oak) not only for the kitchen doorways and drawer fronts but additionally for the new eating room flooring. The construction part of most kitchen remodeling initiatives will take a few month. Having a floor plan that ‘works’ is just essential for a kitchen that is welcoming and purposeful.

Take into account portray your kitchen cupboards. With Good Undertaking Planning we were forward of schedule and nonetheless on price range. This will not be an issue for someone that has a large bathroom sink off the kitchen, however my household doesn’t. With the versatility of its capabilities, the heart of each residence holds a whole lot of options and areas which may be viable to undertake in your planned …

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