Route 1 South Housing Affordability Strategy 2017-2018

In May 2017, City Council adopted its FY2018 Interdepartmental Long-Range Planning Work Program, which included 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 was 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.

Page updated on Oct 18, 2018 at 4:54 PM

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, City Council approved the Planning Commission's recommendation to adopt the Route 1 South Housing Affordability Strategy and rename it to "South Patrick Street Affordable Housing Strategy". 


Background


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The timing of this effort was 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 explored 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 developed strategies and identified 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 also explored 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.  


Plan Development


Meetings and Materials


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. Take a look at these photos from charrette!

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.


Community Comments


Resources


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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