The Northside Development Group (NDG) was formed as a 501c3 in 2010 to spearhead the Northside Initiative neighborhood revitalization. Former Mayor Bill Barnet was appointed Chairman, and formed a collective of dozens of partners representing local business, health care, education, non-profit and philanthropic sectors, with significant contributions from private citizens and local residents. To date, NDG has raised over $5 million in grants, gifts and loans for property acquisition and project management on the Northside. Tammie Hoy-Hawkins serves as Northside project manager.
The City of Spartanburg has worked with its partners on a number of significant community redevelopment efforts on the Northside. When the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine decided in 2010 to locate its $25 million Carolinas Campus on the site of the former Spartan Mill in the heart of the Northside, City leaders saw it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try to engage the community in a broader effort to revitalize the neighborhood, which is home to two public housing developments (Victoria Gardens and Archibald Rutledge) and another privately-owned, publicy-subsidized housing development (Oakview Apartments). Mayor Junie White asked former Mayor Bill Barnet to lead the community effort, and Barnet agreed.
The Spartanburg Housing Authority provides affordable housing options in vibrant neighborhoods for the citizens of the Greater
Spartanburg Community. SHA serves as a catalyst for building healthy, sustainable, and inclusive communities by offering progressive housing programs that promote self-sufficiency, quality of life and economic vitality. The SHA will be a key leader in developing the mixed-income residential developments on the Northside, and has already begun this work with the Brawley Street Model Block. Learn more
A key institutional partner on the Northside Initiative, Spartanburg School District 7 has invested heavily in Cleveland Academy of Leadership, a K-5 school that serves the Northside community. District 7 sought and received state Department of Education approval to expand Cleveland Academy's school calendar, and today Cleveland is the only 205-day public school in the state of South Carolina (the normal school calendar is 180 days). Cleveland Academy has also instituted a Stephen Covey-based leadership curriculum, and thanks to a grant has furnished every student with either a Macbook Air or an iPad. Since expanding its school calendar in 2012, Cleveland Academy's test scores have soared and School District 7 is considering other investments at the school to build on the success, including expanding it to serve students through the eighth grade. Learn more
Purpose Built Communities is working to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. A non-profit, Purpose Built does that by helping local leaders transform struggling neighborhoods, and bringing together the vital components necessary for holistic community revitalization: high quality mixed-income housing, an effective cradle-to-college education pipeline, and comprehensive community wellness resources, organized and driven by a single purpose non-profit lead organization. Learn more