Proposed Amendment to Affordable Housing Bonus Density Program
The City of Alexandria invites the public to provide feedback on a proposed amendment to the city’s bonus density program. Please join us at an information and listening session on Wednesday, April 5, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Charles Houston Recreation Center (Seniors Room), 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
The Bonus Density and Height Program (Section 7-700 of the Zoning Ordinance) serves as an important tool to create affordable housing opportunities in Alexandria at no financial cost to the City. The program provides bonus density of up to 20% and bonus height of up to 25 feet in exchange for affordable rental or for-sale units. The program also permits density bonuses greater than 20% if authorized within the relevant small area plan. Recent small area plans, including the 2015 Eisenhower West SAP, have opted for allowing greater density, when appropriate. To help address the shortage of affordable housing in the city, the proposed amendment recommends amending Section 7-700 to increase the bonus density limit from 20% to 30% and to allow increases above 30%, when appropriate, through small area plan updates to maximize the production of affordable housing in the city.
A public hearing on the amendment
will be held before the Planning Commission on May 2. For further information, please
contact Tamara Jovovic, Housing
Planner, Office of Housing at 703-746-4990.
April Fair Housing Poster Contest
In celebration of Fair Housing month, the Office of Housing, in partnership with the Alexandria Library, will host its Second Annual Fair Housing Poster Contest. The theme is: “Alexandria is a welcoming community”. Submissions of posters will be accepted from all Alexandria students in grades Kindergarten through 7. Posters should be original artwork and represent the theme. The poster contest is intended to educate youth on how fair housing laws protect all Alexandrians against illegal housing discrimination. According to federal, state and local regulation all residents have equal access to housing regardless of sex, race, color, religion, age, familial status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or national origin. For more information, please contact the Office of Housing at 703-746-3079 or see our flyer in English and Spanish.
- The poster contest’s kick-off activity will take place at the Burke Branch Library on Monday, April 3 at 3:15 pm.
- The deadline to
submit an original poster is Friday, April 21 at 5:00 pm.
Lynhaven Apartments Featured as 2016 Success Story
The refinancing and renovation of Lynhaven Apartments is one of three Virginia projects featured as a 2016 success story in the National Low Income Housing Coalition's Annual Report released in early March. To read the full report, click here. Lynhaven Apartments, owned by Wesley Housing Development Corporation, underwent substantial interior and exterior rehabilitation with the help of a City loan consisting of federal HOME dollars and matching local dollars. In addition to the City’s $1.078 million loan, Wesley Housing used tax-exempt bond financing along with 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits to complete the renovation of the 28-unit property and preserve the affordability of the units.
Affordable Units Now Available at Southern Towers
Multiple studio and one bedroom units available now at Southern Towers Apartments (located at 4901 Seminary Road)! Units rents are guaranteed to remain affordable at 55-60% of the area median income for 10 years.
- The current studio rent is $1,045, including utilities. The maximum household income for the studios is $45,612.
- The current one-bedroom rent is $1,222, including utilities. The maximum household income for the one-bedroom units is $52,128.
Fees: $65 application fee; $300 move–in fee; $10/month trash fee; and $12/month tenant insurance. Deposit: $0-400 depending on credit report. For more information, contact Caridad Palerm at 703-746-3079
or 571-289-0019. To express interest in a unit, please complete an Interest Form and send it to Caridad
Palerm by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by text at 571-289-0019, or mail it to the Office of Housing at 421 King
Street, Suite 200, Alexandria VA 22314.
Training Series for Condominium and Community Associations
The City of Alexandria and Alexandria-based law firm Mercer Trigiani are sponsoring a series of workshops related to condominium and other community associations. The classes will educate first-time homebuyers about the structure and governance of condominium communities; help communities understand fair housing law related to community association management; and strengthen the knowledge of community board members in understanding, managing and amending governing documents.
- Session 2: Fair Housing. The session will be held, Saturday, April 8, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
- Session 3: Amending Governing Documents. The session will be held, Saturday, June 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Beatley Library, 5005 Duke Street. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m.
The workshops are offered at no cost to participants, but pre-registration is requested. Free parking and refreshments will be available at the training sites. For more information or to register, contact Shane Cochran at email@example.com or at 703.746.4990. The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Gwen Lassiter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.746.4990, Virginia Relay 711.
Notice of ARHA Public Hearings
The last of three public hearings will be held on March 27 at 6:00 p.m. at 401 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA for the purpose of obtaining public comments on the drafts of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority's Annual 2017 Capital Fund Program Grant (CFPG) and Five-Year Action Plan for the period of January 1, 2017—December 31, 2021. These documents identify Asset Management, Capital Funds, and Community Development activities to address needs and priorities established during 2017–2021 and the One-Year Action Plan during the 2017 program year. They, along with ARHA’s application for Capital Funds based on the most current physical needs assessment, will be submitted to HUD on or before April 15, 2017.
Written comments on the 2017-2021 CFPG may be submitted to ARHA at 401 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 or emailed to email@example.com by close of business on Monday, March 27, 2017. A hardcopy of the CFPG is available in the most current Agency Plan at 401 Wythe Street, as well as at the Duncan Branch Library (2501 Commonwealth Avenue), Beatley Library (5005 Duke Street), and Burke Branch Library (4701 Seminary Road).
Cambria Square Lottery Drawing Held on March 3, 2017
The City held the final drawing for the Cambria Square Affordable Set-aside Sales Units on March 3, 2017. Applications for these units are no longer being accepted. Other purchase opportunities will continue to be marketed on this page and through the City's eNews Affordable Housing Opportunities subscription.
Located at 120 S. Picket Street, Pulte Homes’ 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 community was recently featured in the Washington Post.
One of the new Cambria Square homebuyers at is Deidra Prather, a mother of two children, who shared her experience: "Participating in the Flexible Homeownership Assistance Program through the City of Alexandria has helped my family achieve one of our biggest goals much sooner than we imagined. My two children Tiandra & Noah have been involved in the homebuying process with me every step of the way. At their young age, they've seen firsthand the diligence, sacrifices and commitment it took from taking the very first step of completing the homebuyer's class, to successfully closing on the home. We're so grateful that we were able to purchase our first home right here in Alexandria, with family and friends nearby."
For more information about affordable homeownership opportunities, contact the Office of Housing at 703.746.4990 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/housing
Affordable Units Available for Sale in City
- 4850 Eisenhower Avenue, Unit 112 - two-bedroom, two bath condominium at The Exchange at Van Dorn, newly renovated through the Alexandria Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The unit is listed at $290,000 with monthly condo fees of $447 and is available to households with incomes up to 80% of the area median income, or $86,880 for a four-person household. The City's nonprofit partner and property owner, Rebuilding Together Alexandria, is offering a matching closing cost grant of up to $4,000 to the qualified purchaser.
- 6301 Stevenson Avenue, Unit 604 – a one bedroom, one bath unit at The Olympus Condominium. The restricted sale price of this unit is $132,880 and the monthly condo fee is $636 (includes all heating, cooling, water, sewer, gas, and trash removal costs).
Energy Masters Program Earns State Recognition
The City-supported Energy Masters program was recently named “Best Affordable Housing Energy Conservation Effort” at the Virginia Governor’s Housing Conference. Office of Housing Program Implementation Division Chief and Energy Masters volunteer Shane Cochran accepted the award on behalf of the Energy Master program. The program has trained more than 140 volunteers who have each engaged in 40 hours of community service over the course of a year. Energy Masters’ work has decreased utility bills by $39,623 per year. This translates into $83.59 per year in utility bill savings for each unit at these properties. Electricity and water consumption both decreased on average 6% while natural gas usage increased 7%. Overall greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy consumption has decreased by 4.2%, or 85.5 MTCDE per year.
Now in its second year of operation in the City of Alexandria, Energy Masters was created by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Arlington Thrive and is funded with support from the City of Alexandria, Arlington County Community Development Fund, the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy, and the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services. Affordable housing and social services partners include AHC, Inc., the Arlington County Department of Human Services, and the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority. For more information about the Energy Master Program, visit Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment.