Route 1 South Housing Affordability Strategy 2017-2018

This planning effort, focusing on the Route 1 area south of Duke Street, is exploring options and tools for preserving the neighborhood’s housing affordability, strengthening the character of the neighborhood, prioritizing safety and accessibility along Route 1 South, and creating a more welcoming gateway to the city.

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Why a Planning Process Here, Now?


Video:   Spanish  |   Amharic  |   Arabic

In May 2017, City Council adopted its FY2018 Interdepartmental Long-Range Planning Work Program, which includes the Route 1 South Housing Affordability Strategy planning effort focused on a portion of the Southwest Quadrant Small Area around Route 1 south of Duke Street. The timing of this effort is closely tied to the expiration of affordability contracts on two large rental communities in the corridor – the Heritage at Old Town and Olde Towne West III. This initiative is exploring opportunities to maintain housing affordability in the plan area through the future preservation, renovation and/or redevelopment of these properties. Working with the community and commercial property owners, this planning effort will develop strategies and identify public and private resources and tools to preserve housing affordability and diversity, including existing expiring long-term subsidies that provide deep affordability for many of the rental units. It will also explore strategies to strengthen the character of the neighborhood, prioritize safety and accessibility along Route 1 South, and create a more welcoming gateway to the city.


Charrette Week, February 26 - March 5

This planning process included  a five-day intensive community planning “charrette” -  a collaborative planning and design exercise to develop the principles and strategies for the plan. Members of the community were invited to participate and share their ideas on-site during the day and at evening public meetings and open houses. Childcare, transportation and interpretation services in Spanish and Amharic were provided during the evening community meetings. If unable to attend the charrette in person, community members were invited to follow the charrette progress and participate online throughout the week. Recording sessions and meeting materials are linked below under Meetings and Events.

Take a look at these photos from charrette!


Meeting and Event Materials

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - Charrette Day 3, Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - Charrette Day 2,Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - Charrette Day 1Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - Community Walking Tour
    • Community members jointed City staff in a one mile walking tour of the focus area and discussed challenges, opportunities, and points of interest throughout the neighborhood. 
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - Community Meeting, Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Pop Up Engagement #4, Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - Pop Up Engagement #3, Heritage Apartments, 431 S. Columbus St.
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Pop Up Engagement #2 , Old Town Village Roundhouse, 343 S. Fayette St.
  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Charrette Group Volunteer Orientation Meeting, Nannie J. Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St.
  • Saturday, January 6, 2018 - Pop Up Engagement #1, Ace Hardware, 809 S. Washington St.
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - Planning Commission Work Session

  • Charrette Group Volunteers

    To ensure consistent participation in the development of the Plan, the City solicited community members to serve as Charrette Group Volunteers. Charrette Group Volunteers, alongside all those interested in the planning process, will help develop the principles and strategies of the plan during the charrette. Volunteers of the Charrette Group committed to participating in most of the public engagement events, and in the charrette in particular. Charrette Group Volunteers represent the geographic and demographic diversity of the planning area.


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    Questions 

    This planning effort is jointly supported by the Department of Planning and Zoning and the Office of Housing. Questions may be directed to Ashley Labadie, Urban Planner, 703.746.3801.

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