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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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