Long-term neighborhood residents have voiced concerns for the continuing physical decline and their overall safety. A catalytic “impact” area was identified during the preparation of the neighborhood improvement strategy where 12 blighted properties in a one block area of Elm Street and Congress Street were identified for acquisition and demolition to make way for the construction of new housing. To date, all targeted properties have been acquired and demolished. Three new single family homes have been built and construction has begun on a fourth. The two townhomes on the corner of Elm Street and Congress Street are the same townhomes constructed and sold at the corner of Pearl and School Streets. The third single family home features a master suite on the first floor. All three homes have been sold. A commercial property that is located in the “impact” area will be renovated utilizing an adaptive reuse plan for commercial use on the first floor and two residential units that may be sold as condominium units.