As the cost of living changes and incomes grow, so too does the key Area Median Income (AMI) calculation that affects affordable housing operations across the nation. Effective April 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) calculates the DC Metro AMI to be $117,200 for a family of four, an increase of $6,900 from the year prior. Our region has the highest AMI calculation in the nation.
Our Station garden renovation is complete!
These new beds are currently growing kale, lettuce, and strawberries - fresh, start of season produce perfect for salads and smoothies. Each bed contains it's own irrigation line and specialized flooring to retain water and soil health. The strawberries are also part of a collaboration with the University of the District of Columbia to study rooftop produce hardiness in urban environments.
Thank you, thank you to the dedicated folks at Rooftop Roots and the Station volunteers who made these new gardens possible. We can't wait to see what grows out of them.
And thank you to all our Spring2ACTion donors who are investing in the future of this garden and others, and in the future of low-income Alexandrians, by joining our Community Gardens Campaign. There is still time to give - click here to donate today!
We're almost at the three-fourths mark for our Spring2ACTion campaign in early giving, and all we can say is WOW.
Thanks to generous support from our neighbors (hint, that's you!) we're well on our way to clearing out $8,000 goal, and busting out our stretch goal for the campaign. It's humbling, exciting, and energizing for the work ahead.
There is still time to donate - just visit our campaign page. It takes under 3 minutes!
Check out this short video about why we're raising funds for our community gardens in Alexandria this Spring2ACTion. On 4/25, every dollar you donate will help grow our neighborhoods in Alexandria. Learn more at housingalexandria.org/give
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Construction crews at the King and Beauregard intersection have continued their work digging out the foundation for the West Alex development – what will be a mixed-use space of retail, office, and residential buildings. AHDC will begin construction on a 74-unit affordable housing property within the development this year, ensuring that the area maintains long-term affordable options as the city grows.
Future residents of this AHDC property, currently called The Gateway, will enjoy amenities including a 1,500 square foot community room, 6,500 square foot outdoor terrace, a children’s play area, and grilling station. Underground parking and bike storage will be available to residents, and a TransitScreen display in the lobby will assist those commuting via public transportation. Gateway residents will also have the option to access additional amenities within the larger West Alex development, such as a fitness room and swimming pool.
The Gateway will serve households making under 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI, learn more here). The property has a mix of studio, one, two, and three bedroom units, serving a wide variety of individuals and families.
Outside of residential uses, West Alex features significant retail and office components as well, which will bring jobs, convenience, and entertainment to the area. “The master developer is planning over 100,000 square feet of retail for the site: convenience retailers, full service and fast casual restaurants, and a 60,000 square foot Harris Teeter,” says project manager Aaron Remolona. “We think that the everyday convenience of having all this retail within steps of the Gateway will be a great amenity for the residents.”
Executive director Jon Frederick also considers the transit connectivity of West Alex to be a primary benefit. “The project has great access to regional employment opportunities at the Pentagon and the BRAC,” says Frederick. “The bus rapid transit (BRT) line on this site will provide connectivity in the long term as well, extending the reach of employment opportunities in the city and the greater region.”
(The BRT line will be a part of the City’s West End Transitway, connecting West End neighborhoods to the city and beyond - learn more here: TE&S Website)
“This is a unique partnership between for-profit and non-profit housing developers” says Frederick. “It’s a great opportunity to be a part of the construction from the beginning, and to play a role in the development and ultimately build something really great for the city.”
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