The groundbreaking for the new Mary Jackson Neighborhood Center was held at 11 a.m. Feb. 9, 2021.
Mary Jackson was one of the women featured in the award-winning book and film "Hidden Figures." She was NASA’s first black female engineer and was part of the West Area Computing pool that helped get us to the moon. Jackson worked within NASA to further the careers of women throughout her life.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, she grew up in the Olde Hampton neighborhood and made many contributions to the community. Members of her family, including her granddaughter Wanda Jackson, attended.
The Mary Jackson Neighborhood Center will take 3-4 months to complete the design and permitting process:
Two to three months for bid and contract.
Construction begins late early 2021.
Construction complete late 2021.
Other key tasks to complete for the Neighborhood Center:
Will require a rezoning to Public Open Space (to include the park). We are waiting on a parcel delineation from WPA. Once we have this we can proceed.
Expecting a site plan to begin the review process by March or April.
Funding for the roads and infrastructure – We have requested matching funds from VDOT
The application has been made.
If approved, VDOT funds will likely be available in the later part of 2020 or early 2021.
Road construction would then likely commence in late 2021 which means new housing construction could begin in the spring/summer of 2022 (housing construction could begin even before the roads are 100% complete).
The park area will be included in the site plan submission for the Neighborhood Center so that it can be approved at the same time.
Actual construction will generally run parallel to the road construction schedule since the new roads form the boundary of the park on two sides and some stormwater for the road construction will likely be incorporated into the new park site. This puts the park completion around the middle of 2022.
If you would like to volunteer or contribute to the center your help would be welcomed.
Please email Tina Banks-Gray at Tina.Banks-Gray@hampton.gov with your information and how you would like to be a part of the new center.