South Boston Town Council members are slated to meet for a work session at 5:45 p.m. Monday at the Washington Coleman Community Center at 1927 Jeffress Blvd to discuss a housing project in the Poplar Creek Street area and the town’s proposed 2020-2021 budget.

The meeting marks council’s second time convening at the community center, a departure from council’s usual meeting location in the Council Chambers on Yancey Street. The larger location allows council members and meeting attendees to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council members at the work session are expected to consider an ordinance to close streets and alleys in the proposed Poplar Creek Homes project site.

At their April 13 business meeting, council members unanimously voted to appoint a board of three to five members to review the closure of the unopened but dedicated public rights-of-way for the housing project. Council also unanimously voted to donate the land to the Southside Outreach Group for the project.

The Poplar Creek Street Homes project entails the construction of 16 duplexes consisting of one, two, and three-bedroom apartment units in the Poplar Creek Street area. Earl Howerton, executive director of the Southside Outreach Group, estimated the project cost at between $5 million and $6 million.

Also at Monday’s meeting, council is slated to hear a report from the finance committee on the staff recommended 2020-2021 budget for the town and a request to advertise a public hearing for the budget for May 11.

Council also is expected to consider upcoming board and commission appointments, as presented by the current issues committee.

The town fire department’s annual report is on the agenda, as well.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at