Lacy Court Renovations - Before and Afters

The renovations at Lacy Court, a midcentury garden-style apartment, aimed to make the historically affordable apartments into units that would be sustainable well into the future. Renovations included more open spaces, increased natural lighting, replaced outdated appliances with energy-friendly ones, centralized heating and air, and included overall cosmetic upgrades to communal and private spaces. Best of all, previous residents will be able to return to these units and pay the same or less rent as they did before.

AHDC acquired Lacy Court in 2011 along with Longview Terrace and Arbelo Apartments, in order to keep the units affordable to families with lower incomes. Lacy Court marks the last of the three properties to undergo renovations to bring the units up to 21st century standards.

Lacy Court renovations are just halfway done - the renovations of the second building, home to studio and three bedroom units, will be completed later this year.

Gateway Update: Building Features, amenities discussed; construction site photos

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It  's ha  rd to miss this giant hole in the ground, as you drive past King and Beauregard.

It's hard to miss this giant hole in the ground, as you drive past King and Beauregard.

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. 

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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AHDC team members check out the future site of the Gateway, part of the larger West Alex development.

AHDC team members check out the future site of the Gateway, part of the larger West Alex development.

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AHDC wins National and Virginia Housing Trust Fund award for the Bloom

Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) has been awarded $1.6 million in National Housing Trust Funds and Virginia Housing Trust Funds for The Bloom, AHDC’s affordable housing development in North Old Town, Alexandria. This represents the first award given from both the Virginia and National Housing Trust Funds to a development in the City of Alexandria. 

Ten organizations were selected from 23 applicants. AHDC’s award of $1.6 million is almost one-fourth of the total of $6.5 million that was awarded this year, and the largest single award for any organization this year.

The Bloom is AHDC’s partnership project with Carpenter’s Shelter, another Alexandria non-profit. The completed development will provide 97 new units of affordable housing, a newly constructed shelter space for Carpenter’s Shelter, and 10 units of permanent supportive housing that will house formerly homeless individuals from Carpenter’s. The Bloom will also include playground space, underground parking, and a 1,600 square foot production garden. 

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