Revitalization of historic properties and neighborhoods takes on many forms and we are
happy to announce that we will break ground on building a new, single-family home in the Oakdale National Register Historic District in the coming months. The vacant lot at 765 Charles Street, on the block between Virginia and Miami Streets, is the only undeveloped parcel on the block, which allows Restore Mobile the opportunity to provide historically sensitive infill construction in a district that has not seen new construction in decades.
Supported by funding provided by the Mobile County Commission appropriated through Commissioner Merceria Ludgood, the house will be just under 800 square feet; thus this project will provide an opportunity for affordable housing in the community. Made with efficient, durable materials such as Hardie Plank lap siding and wood-clad aluminum
windows, the house will marry the efficiency of new construction with the charm of an historic home.
It will feature nine-foot ceilings, an open floorplan, and of course, a gracious front porch to welcome friends and family. Restore Mobile has worked to provide housing opportunities in the Oakdale community since late 2018. We have secured and sold one house to date and are working on an additional two in the district. In the next 30-45 days, we will begin the complete renovation of a fourth home which will be available to an income-qualified buyer.
Our goals are to not only save the historic housing stock, but to also
provide equitable housing opportunities in this community.