FAIRVIEW - Recently relocated city planner, Stacey Dunnville, purchased her first home on 2nd Street. "I fell in love with the Warehouse District the first time I visited," Dunnville said. The "Warehouse District" is what Dunnville has dubbed her neighborhood. For the past 30 years, 2nd Street between Elm and Locust has witnessed a decline in owner-occupied homes and reinvestment. "I love the cottage style architecture and it's really a diamond in the rough," Dunnville added. Since moving in last April, neighbors have noticed an increase in code complaints. "I used to cut my grass once every two weeks because I'm working two jobs and don't have the time," said Desmond Smith, a resident in the area. He added, "I've got inspectors measuring my grass at least every three days!" When asked about the spike in enforcement activities in the neighborhood, Dunnville discussed that the code is there for a reason. "If I can maintain my property, so can others," Dunnville added.
Ms. Dunnville, after putting two and two together clarified her intents by discussing housing affordability in Fairview. "Look, I'm a city planner, I make $42,000 a year and have $56,000 in student loan debt. My options are limited." She later added, "it's not gentrification when you aren't the gentry."
In related news, the City Council will be considering a property maintenance code pilot and special assessment package for streetscape enhancements for the soon to be designated "Warehouse District" at their next meeting in September.