Citizens For A Better Norwood

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Keith Moore’s letter to Norwood community leaders

Two weeks ago, Ward 1 Councilperson Keith Moore sent the following letter to various Norwood community leaders asking them to participate in a study regarding housing trends in Norwood. The study is part of an effort by Xavier University’s Community Building Institute, Property Advisors, and the City of Norwood to develop a housing Strategy for Norwood in anticipation of the improvements Mr. Moore says the Xavier Square project will have on “the overall commercial and economic vitality of this part of the community.”

August 13, 2008

To: Norwood Community Leader

I would like to ask for your help. As I am sure you are aware, there are lots of changes taking place in Norwood, and many still to come. Our housing market, like those across the county, has undergone changes related to the housing crisis and bank foreclosures. It has also shown strength as more and more people are attracted to our great location and housing stock.

Students will always be a part of our community, and we have been working with Xavier University to better manage their presence. The University has heard our comments regarding the number of students in Norwood and has begun a process of developing student housing closer to campus in the new Xavier Square project.

In order to make sure that we take advantage of the improvements that the project will make to the image of Montgomery Road and the overall commercial and economic vitality of this part of the community, Xavier University’s Community Building Institute and Property Advisors are working with the City to develop a housing Strategy for Norwood. The housing strategy will provide guidance on how to attract new families, stimulate renovations and generally upgrade overall housing conditions. Xavier University has already completed a housing conditions survey of the community, and Property Advisors has begun to develop data on real estate activity and other housing related socio-economic information.

As part of the study, the team would like to interview community leaders who have a perspective on housing trends in Norwood. Please expect a call from someone on the project team in the next week to schedule some time with you. If you have any questions on the work feel free to contact Liz Blume at 745-3332. Thank you in advance for your participation on this important effort.


Keith Moore, Councilmember
Norwood City Council