Monday, August 03, 2009

New Public Housing and Mixed-Income Units in Alexandria

On August 7th, Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, Redevelopment and Housing Authority (AHRA) Executive Director Roy Priest, and developer EYA will break ground for the construction and rehabilitation of 102 homes off West Glebe Road near Mount Vernon Avenue. This is the second public-private partnership between EYA and AHRA.

On the 800-block of West Glebe Road, 48 new apartment homes will replace out-of-date public housing. On the 900-block of Old Dominion Boulevard the developer plans to rehabilitate two apartment buildings and construct a new apartment building and 18 for-sale homes, for 54 units. Ten of the for-sale homes will be targeted for workforce families. "The combination of rental and homeownership units will assure the continuing affordability of housing in Alexandria,” said ARHA Executive Director Priest.

According to Jennifer Hebert of EYA, two or three-bedroom workforce homes (pictured above, right), ranging in size from 1,024 to 1,416 s.f., will be priced from the low $300s, with a financial subsidy from the City of Alexandria to the buyer. The planned two or three-bedroom market-rate townhomes (pictured at left), ranging in size from 1,920 to 1,944, will be priced from the upper $400's.


Ben said...

Why, oh why, can no one build a decent looking townhouse anymore? The reason people find downtown DC or Old Town Alexandria so much more appealing is not just because of their age, but because the architecture was so much better.

Anonymous said...

Why no more pretty architecture?

Because it's hard to fit a 40x40 master suite, garage, a place to put your fireplace and television AND open kitchen into the old-fashioned houses.

It's a shame, but if you are going to buy a new house- will you forego your Master bath suite?? Not many will.

That and it's more cost-effective to have less exterior decor. Most consumers focus on the interior of the house.

The owners of the older homes in Old Town "sacrifice" the newer, modern conveniences in the interior for a pretty exterior.

Anonymous said...

At least they didn't put the garages in the front???

As long as we continue to lap this stuff up, somebody will build it.

In the mean time, buy existing older homes/row houses/condominiums.

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