Notice of Public Comment Period for St. James Plaza Project
Revision to Announcement: In accordance with federal regulations, the City will be accepting public comments on the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the Environment and the Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds (NOI/RROF) from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as it relates to The Fillmore/St. James Plaza Redevelopment project. A HUD-required, 15-day public comment period will begin Wednesday, October 19 through Thursday, November 3, 2016.
Learn about the City's Affordable Set-Aside Program!
Did you know that our Affordable Set-Aside Program has built 360+ affordable units and that an additional 220+ units are in the pipeline? By working with developers to include affordable rental and ownership units in their projects, the Program has played an important role
in expanding housing options for Alexandria
residents and workers. To learn more about the Program, including the City's bonus density and height incentives, please read our new report—The City of Alexandria’s
Affordable Set-Aside Program: From the 1990s to Today and check out the Center for Community Change's 2016 Housing Trust Fund Survey Report!
Own a Home at Cambria Square—Next Lottery Drawing to be Held in January 2017!
The Office of Housing is marketing two three-bedroom Affordable Homeownership Units to income-eligible first-time homebuyers at Pulte Homes’ Cambria Square community (staff held drawings to select buyers for two of the four units on July 22 and October 14). Located at 120 S. Picket Street, Cambria Square is a new condominium and townhome development in Alexandria’s West End and is close to shopping, transit, parks, and other neighborhood amenities. The set-aside affordable housing units are priced at $275,000. Monthly community fees are projected to be $184.
The two units are anticipated to become available in late winter/early spring 2017. In order to be considered, applicants must be first-time homebuyers (no ownership interest in the most recent three-year period), live or work in the City of Alexandria, and have a gross annual household income below the following limits:
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The City can provide up to $50,000 in no-interest, deferred payment closing cost and downpayment assistance toward the purchase of these units through its Flexible Homeownership Assistance Program (FHAP). Additional information on income eligibility and FHAP assistance amounts can be found here.
The City is currently accepting applications! Because of anticipated high demand for these homes, it is expected that purchasers will be selected through a random lottery among all eligible homebuyers. Please note that larger households (3 or more people) will be given priority status for these homes. Interested buyers that were not selected for the first available unit remain in the pool of eligible buyers for the three remaining units. The next homebuyer selection lottery will be held on October 14, 2016. The Office of Housing will continue to accept applications for the remaining two units until the final homebuyer selection lottery, which is expected to be held in January 2017.
To be considered for the lottery, interested buyers must submit the following documents:
- City of Alexandria Homebuyer Prescreening Form
- Copy of a current mortgage preapproval letter qualifying the buyer for the amount of the purchase (including FHAP assistance)
- Copy of the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) training certificate
Additional information on the City's Affordable Set-Aside Sales Units Program, including basic eligibility requirements, buyer selection process, and purchaser requirements can be found here.
Selected homebuyers should be prepared to offer an earnest money deposit of $2,000 at the time of signing the purchase agreement. Purchasers are expected to secure mortgage financing from one of the lenders currently participating in the City’s programs. Click here for a list of participating lenders.
Homebuyers may visit the sales office to learn more about the available homes. Pulte Homes, the developer of Cambria Square is marketing the units from a sales office located at 2606 Main Line Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22301.
For more information about the basic requirements, the lottery process, and obligations of the homebuyer, contact Brandi Collins at the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/housing
Lynhaven Apartment Renovations Completed
On July 26th, Wesley Housing Development Corporation celebrated the completed rehabilitation of Lynhaven Apartments with a “dedication and dessert” event. Special City guests included City Council members Del Pepper and Willie Bailey, Vice Mayor Wilson, City Manager Mark Jinks and Deputy City Manager Emily Baker, as well as many residents and community members. Vice Mayor Wilson offered remarks emphasizing the importance of affordable housing preservation as a City priority and Housing Master Plan goal. Wesley Housing’s Chief Executive Officer, Shelley Murphy, thanked the City for its support, and read remarks congratulating Wesley, that had been sent by Mayor Silberberg, who was out of town.
Lynhaven Apartments is a 28-unit affordable rental
housing community located in the Lynhaven neighborhood. Interior renovations included replacement of
all kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, and heating and cooling systems. The
exterior renovations included a new façade, new paint, doors, windows, roof
work, and enhanced landscaping. Lynhaven’s rehabilitation was partially funded by
a $1.078 million loan from the City.
New! Click here to watch development progress on the site!
On July 13th, AHC Inc., a nonprofit affordable housing developer, partners and City of Alexandria officials celebrated the groundbreaking for St. James Plaza, 93 new affordable apartments adjacent to Alexandria’s Beauregard neighborhood. The project, located on a portion of a three-acre site previously owned by the St. James United Methodist Church and the Bi-District Office of the Northern Virginia Methodist Church, expects to welcome residents in late 2018. The remainder of the site will have a public landscaped mews and 31 new market-rate townhomes.
St. James Plaza will include a mix of efficiencies, one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes. Amenities will include underground parking and a community space where a full day pre-kindergarten program will be offered by the Campagna Center for residents’ children as well as children from the neighborhood. Rents will be affordable to households with incomes ranging from 40% to 60% of the Area Median Income.
“The St. James Plaza project will provide a valuable affordable housing resource – including deeply subsidized apartments – for Alexandria residents,” said Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg. “We are particularly pleased to be working with AHC to create long-term committed affordable units for households in the Beauregard Plan area who may be displaced by future redevelopment. These units will be affordable for at least 60 years.”
In addition to the City of Alexandria, which is providing a loan of $5.7 million to AHC for the project, St. James Plaza partners include Capital One Bank, Hudson Housing Capital, and NeighborWorks of America. Demolition of the existing buildings is scheduled to begin in the next couple of weeks, with construction of St. James Plaza to start later this year. Designed by Cunningham-Quill Architects, St. James is being built by Harkins Builders.