Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority Breaks Ground on Ramsey Homes Redevelopment
On December 19, 2018, the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) hosted a groundbreaking to celebrate the financial closing and redevelopment of Ramsey Homes on N. Patrick Street. Demolition, site development and archeologic studies began a few months ago.
The former 15-unit public housing property is being redeveloped into a 52-unit multifamily residential building with rents affordable to households earning from 30% to 60% of Area Median Income (AMI). As Daniel Bauman, Chair of the ARHA Board of Commissioners, stated, the redevelopment will be “mixed-income and [while] still providing deep affordability; also provides homes to a broader spectrum of people who need affordable housing.” The property is in a high amenity area proximate to Charles Houston Recreation Center, Alexandria Black History Museum, Braddock Interim Park, Braddock Road metro station, and neighborhood retail establishments. On-site amenities include at-grade open space and underground parking. The Ramsey Homes redevelopment represents continued progress in ARHA’s mission to transform its aging housing stock into high quality mixed-income affordable housing in Alexandria. This project is the result of community consultation, historic investigation, and collaboration with ARHA residents, including those impacted by the project.
To fund the project, ARHA was awarded Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, a competitive funding source administered by the Virginia Housing Development Authority. In addition to ARHA financial support for the project, the City of Alexandria provided ARHA a $3.6 million gap loan for Ramsey Homes, along with predevelopment grant funding. For more information, please contact Martin Lucero, ARHA Director of Development, at 703-549-7115.
National Landing Selected for Major New Amazon Headquarters
Amazon.com, Inc, announced on November 13 that it has chosen Arlington County to establish a major new headquarters. Arlington and the City of Alexandria, after working together for the last year in a unique and unprecedented regional partnership, are announcing that Amazon will locate in National Landing, a newly branded neighborhood encompassing parts of Pentagon City and Crystal City in Arlington and Potomac Yard in Alexandria. The Commonwealth’s announcement also includes news of a new partnership with Virginia Tech to develop a revolutionary Innovation Campus to fill demand for high-tech talent in National Landing and beyond. Click here to learn more.
The City of Alexandria Celebrates 2018 Housing Heroes
The City honored its 2018 “Housing Heroes” at a ceremony on November 13. The Housing Heroes program was launched by the Office of Housing in 2017 to recognize significant pro bono professional and corporate contributions to support City housing affordability programs and those they serve in our community. The Heroes honored this year were Danny Abramson of Abramson Properties, Cindy M. Clare of Bell Partners, Inc. (formerly with The Kettler Companies), Stephanie H. Oliver of Monument Title Company, Inc., Vanessa J. Rodriguez of RE/MAX Executives of Del Ray, and The Kettler Companies. At the ceremony, Mayor Silberberg and Councilman Chapman and Councilman Lovain presented a proclamation to the Heroes celebrating their contributions.
Housing Director Recognized for Contributions to Public Service
On October 18, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement awarded Alexandria's Office of Housing Director, Helen S. McIlvaine, with the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award for her contributions in public service. Annually, this honor recognizes four public officials who have demonstrated exceptional partnership with the nonprofit sector to ensure more vibrant communities.
During Ms. McIlvaine’s tenure, the City has successfully partnered with non-profit housing providers, faith organizations, and service providers to provide critically needed affordable housing in Alexandria. Partners have included Carpenter’s Shelter, Alexandria Housing Development Corporation, Community Lodgings, Inc., AHC, Inc., Wesley Housing, Church of the Resurrection, and the Harambee Community Development Corporation whose projects are delivering housing opportunities to hundreds of Alexandria households across the city.
Prior to her work in Alexandria, Ms. McIlvaine was Director of Real Estate Development for the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, and Executive Director of Catholics for Housing. Click here to read the news release.
Rooftop Roots Urban Gardens at The Station at Potomac Yard in the News!
In partnership with Rooftop Roots, the Alexandria-based affordable housing developer, AHDC, advanced its community gardening program in response to a 2017 resident survey which identified “health and wellness” as an important resident service. With the assistance from 72 Spring2ACTion donors, AHDC was able to finance the conversion of the Station at Potomac Yard’s rooftop terrace garden from a bucket-based system to one with four raised planter beds dramatically increasing production capacity. Once a week during the growing season, harvested vegetables go directly to residents along with a recipe card. Events such as “movies and smoothies” nights demonstrate the versatility of the vegetables, and community classes turn simple ingredients into nutritious meals. AHDC plans to continue to expand this program; once construction has been completed, AHDC will install gardens at Lacy Court and The Bloom (the former Carpenter’s Shelter). Click here to view the news clip.
City Sponsors Condominium and Community Association Training
The Office of Housing sponsored the first of three free workshops related to condominium and other community associations on September 29. The session was facilitated by Pia Trigiana and David Mercer, attorneys from the law firm of MercerTrigiani. To learn more, please contact Brandi Collins at 703.746.4990/
Upcoming Condominium and Community Association Trainings:
- Saturday, February 2, 2019
Topic: Understanding Governing Documents and Legal Responsibilities
- Saturday, April 6, 2019
Topic: Fair Housing Compliance Arlington County also sponsors community and condominium association training. For more information, please contact: Odalis Barrios,
Waitlist Opened for Discounted Memory Care Units at Silverado Alexandria
Silverado Alexandria, a three-story memory care community designed to serve 66 residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-impairing conditions, is opening in June 2018. The community, located at 2807 King Street, is providing two rooms (serving one individual each) and associated services (including meals, housekeeping, and help with activities of daily living) at a rate that is 40% below the market rate for the life of the project. The units provide a new, more affordable resource for persons needing memory care that does not currently exist within the City. The City of Alexandria is now accepting applications for the waitlist for these units.
- To schedule a tour, please contact Katie Hilburn at 703-215-9110.
- To learn more about Silverado's affordable housing program and eligibility criteria, click here.
- To obtain an application, click here or contact Eric Keeler at 703-746-4990.
South Patrick Street (Route 1 South) Housing Affordability Strategy
The South Patrick Street (Route 1 South) Housing Affordability Strategy was approved by City Council on September 15. Click here to read the final plan. Staff hosted its second resident meeting on November 5, 2018. To learn about the implementation process, upcoming housing needs assessment, and Tenant Advisory Group, please contact Caridad Palerm or Tamara Jovovic at 703-746-4990.
Vacancies on Housing Committees and Boards
The Alexandria Housing Affordability Advisory Committee has one vacancy for a small business representative. The Committee typically meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month. To learn about how to apply or for more information, click here.
Affordable Studio Units Available at Southern Towers
Multiple studio units are available now at Southern Towers Apartments (located at 4901 Seminary Road)! Unit rents are guaranteed to remain affordable at 55% of the area median income for 10 years. Rents are subject to change each year, but increases will comply with federal guidelines.
|Size||Rent||Maximum Occupancy||Maximum Income||Minimum Income|
|Efficiency||$1,129 (with utilities)||3||1-person household—$45,155
|Two times the rent|
Fees: $65 application fee; $300 move-in fee; and $12/month tenant insurance. Deposit: $0-400 depending on credit report. For more information, contact Caridad Palerm at 703-746-3079. To express interest in a unit, complete and send an Interest Form to email@example.com, or by text at 571-289-0019, or by mail to the Office of Housing at 421 King Street, Suite 200, Alexandria VA 22314.
More Housing Updates
Carpenter's Shelter Project Awarded $1.6 Million from Virginia DHCD
The Carpenter's Shelter project was awarded $1.6 million through the state's Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loan program in February 2018. Administered by DHCD, the program combines state and federal resources—the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the federal National Housing Trust Fund, and the Virginia Housing Trust Fund—to support affordable housing projects and help expand permanent supportive housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Click here to learn more.
City Receives 2018 Audrey Nelson Community Development Award
The City of Alexandria's Office of Housing has been chosen to receive the National Community Development Association's (NCDA) prestigious Audrey Nelson Community Development Award for its support of the substantial rehabilitation of Community Lodgings (CLI) property at 607 Notabene Drive. The renovation of the six-unit apartment building addressed the critical need to preserve the City's stock of affordable housing, particularly for underserved families in Alexandria, many of whom have fled domestic violence or are chronically homeless.
Since the building was constructed in 1940 and then purchased by CLI in 1991, periodic updates and improvements were made to maintain the property, but in 2016 it was determined that the units required complete renovation to continue serving at-risk families. A collaborative effort between CLI, the City of Alexandria Community Development Block Grant program, HomeAid of Northern Virginia, BB&T, and four local homebuilders and their network of trade partners helped transform the six-unit affordable housing apartment building into seven units with modern appliances and updated green building systems.
This project is cited as an example of how federal funding administered through local governments and local homebuilders can support affordable housing and work with public and other private entities to reduce homelessness and promote housing affordability for families in Alexandria. By addressing critical housing needs, this partnership supports vulnerable families in rebuilding their lives and achieving self-sufficiency.
Note: On November 4, 2017, CLI was awarded "Non-Profit of the Year" by HomeAid Northern Virginia!