City of Alexandria Partners with Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority: Planning for Alexandria’s Future Housing Needs
The City of Alexandria is partnering with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) in its community engagement process for ARHA's Request for Proposal (RFP#14-02). In 2014, ARHA initiated a process to redevelop five sites in its portfolio based on its ARHA 2012-2022 Strategic Plan. The five sites are Andrew Adkins, ARHA Administrative Building, Samuel Madden, Hopkins-Tancil Courts, and Cameron Valley. Replacement of the existing residences will be executed at a one-for-one ratio as stated in City Council Resolution 830.
In March 2016, ARHA selected development partner groups for the five RFP sites, as follows:
- Andrew Adkins: Alexandria Opportunity Housing LLC, an affiliate of Clark Realty
- Samuel Madden Homes (Uptown): Alexandria Opportunity Housing LLC, an affiliate of Clark Realty
- Hopkins-Tancil Courts: EYA/Penrose/JBG
- ARHA Administration Building: EYA/Penrose/JBG
- Cameron Valley: Bozzuto/Wesley Housing
ARHA is also in the process of redeveloping its Ramsey Homes
site through its own development entity, VHDLLC. The City is working
closely with ARHA to develop redevelopment options for a future mixed-income
rental community that will include fifteen replacement units for the residents
and homes currently on the site, as well as a number of new
affordable/workforce level housing units. Subject to the direction of the
ARHA Redevelopment Work Group, it is anticipated that a DSUP for the project
will come to Planning Commission and City Council in Fall 2016. More
information on Ramsey Homes may be found at alexandriava.gov/90874 or the
ARHA’s project page.
The City of Alexandria is partnering with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) in its community engagement process for ARHA's Request for Proposal, RFP#14-02. In 2014, ARHA initiated a process to redevelop five sites in its portfolio based on its ARHA 2012-2022 Strategic Plan: Andrew Adkins, ARHA Administrative Building, Samuel Madden, Hopkins-Tancil Courts, and Cameron Valley. Replacement of the existing residences will be executed at a one-for-one ratio as stated in City Council Resolution 830.
A series of steps in the process culminated in a short-list of qualified developers who competed to redevelop the sites. An Evaluation Committee selected by ARHA evaluated all proposals and selected the most responsive and responsible proposal that promoted sustainable, mixed-income communities that will integrate with the surrounding neighborhood. City staff worked with ARHA during this procurement process to host a series of community meetings to discuss the procurement process, the sites identified for redevelopment, the relevant planning documents and project timing.
Sites Included in RFP
ARHA Administrative Building, 600 N. Fairfax St.
Constructed circa 1950
Old Town North SAP (1992)
Samuel Madden Homes Uptown, 899 and 999 N. Henry St., Parker-Gray Historic District
Constructed in 1945, 66 units
Braddock Road Metro Station SAP (1992 ), Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan (2008) and Braddock East Master Plan (2008)
Hopkins Tancil Courts, 451 and 551 N. Royal St.
Constructed circa 1942, 111 units (2 of which are currently off-line and serving as a community center)
Old Town SAP (1992) and Old Town North SAP (1992)
Cameron Valley, 101-115, 121-131, 57-75 Yale Drive
Constructed in 1985, 40 units
Taylor Run/Duke Street SAP (1992)
Community Meeting Information
- Community Meeting #3 to discuss Hopkins-Tancil Courts and the ARHA Administrative Office Building
Date:Thursday, April 16, 2015
Location: ARHA Administrative Office (Large Conference Room), 401 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA
Community Meeting #3 Presentation
Community Meeting #3 Summary
- Community Meeting #2 to discuss Cameron Valley site
Date:Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Location:Bishop Ireton High School (Resource Center), 201 Cambridge Rd, Alexandria, VA
Community Meeting #2 Presentation
Community Meeting #2 Summary
- Community Meeting #1 to discuss Andrew Adkins and Samuel Madden Homes Uptown
Date:Monday, April 13, 2015
Location:Durant Center (Rooms 3 & 4), 1605 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA
Community Meeting #1 Presentation
Community Meeting #1 Summary
Frequently Asked Questions
housing sites will be affected by this redevelopment?
Andrew Adkins, 700 North Fayette Street; ARHA Administrative Building, 600 North Fairfax Street; Samuel Madden Homes Uptown, 899 and 999 North Henry Street; Hopkins Tancil Court, 451 and 551 North Royal Street; and Cameron Valley, 101-115 and 121-131 and 57-75 Yale Drive.
- Why are
these sites being redeveloped?
These properties contain 307 units, some dating back more than 70 years, which are obsolete and in need of modernization/revitalization. ARHA envisions that the new developments will also improve the streetscape on all of the offered sites and surrounding neighborhoods, as well as encourage pedestrian activity.
- How many
units will be rebuilt?
Replacement units will be constructed on a one-for-one basis as stated in City Council Resolution 830. The new units will continue to provide affordable housing for the benefit of existing and future residents who have traditionally been served in the City of Alexandria, and could potentially locate the unit on site with the new for-sale or rental market rate housing. These development efforts are based on the adopted ARHA 2012-2022 Strategic Plan.
- How and
when will I be affected if I live in one of these properties?
This redevelopment effort will be sequenced across all development sites, and could further be phased within a given development site. ARHA does not expect that any of the redevelopment being planned will cause any family to be relocated until fall of 2017. Relocation policies will be developed in accordance with U.S. Housing and Urban Development regulations, adopted by the ARHA Board of Commissioners, and used to implement the relocation activities. The policies will be developed with input from the affected residents. Regularly scheduled meetings will be held and not less than 120 days notice of any move will be issued. All relocation cost will be paid by ARHA and displaced residents will be offered comparable housing and the right to return to the redeveloped community.
- How can I
get involved and learn more?
Community outreach meetings will be scheduled using the City’s What’s Next Alexandria Civic Engagement standards to engage residents and citizens throughout the City. There will be regular updates on the status of redevelopment efforts posted on this and ARHA’s website and through various other methods including: resident association meetings, mass emails, flyers, e-mail blasts and monthly resident meetings. After this procurement process selected developers will submit development applications to the City and undergo the standard Development Review Process.
City Small Area Plans and Master Plans
- City of Alexandria Housing Master Plan
- Braddock Road Metro Station SAP (1992 )
- Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan (2008)
- Braddock East Master Plan (2008)
- Old Town SAP (1992)
- Old Town North SAP (1992)
- Taylor Run/Duke Street SAP (1992)
Webpages of Interest
Contact ARHA Staff Connie Staudinger at email@example.com or Alisha Ault at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org/or City of Alexandria Department of Planning and Zoning, Urban Planner, Katherine Carraway, 703.746.3855.