Pleasant View Gardens rises in Lafayette Courts' shadow Rebuilt and renamed, community to open today

September 27, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

In place of the old, unsightly Lafayette Courts housing project in East Baltimore has risen a townhouse development, and with that new look comes a new name: Pleasant View Gardens.

City Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III unveiled the new name yesterday at his monthly news conference.

Linda Love, the development's tenant association president, said a long-distance view of the new houses -- with the city skyline in the background -- inspired a resident to come up with the new name.

The housing authority board, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Henson approved the new moniker.

Residents are to begin moving in to the development today, Henson said.

Lafayette Courts was Baltimore's first public housing project to be demolished as part of the city's plan to replace high-rises with less dense, low-rise communities.

Eventually, the new community is to contain 228 townhouses, 110 apartments for the elderly, a day care center, and recreation and community centers.

About 27 townhouses are to be sold to low- and moderate-income families.

Pub Date: 9/27/97

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