Alexandria, VA – On Friday, August 7th Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) Executive Director Roy Priest, and EYA gathered to break ground for the construction and rehabilitation of 102 homes off West Glebe Road near Mount Vernon Avenue.
The groundbreaking marked the start of construction for what will be the second partnership of ARHA and EYA and will be EYA’s 9th new home community in Alexandria. The project calls for the demolition of the out-of-date public housing rental apartments in the 800-block of West Glebe Road and the replacement of those units with 48 new apartment homes. Near the 3900-block of Old Dominion Boulevard, two apartment buildings will be rehabilitated and a new apartment building and 18 for-sale homes will be constructed. Ten of the for-sale homes will be targeted for workforce families.
“This successful project is the culmination of a public/private partnership which ensures that Alexandria can continue to be the place where our residents can live, work and raise a family in a new, diverse and caring community” said Alexandria Mayor Euille.
“The New ARHA is excited about the opportunity to partner with the City and EYA to produce another stellar example of mixed income housing redevelopment. The combination of rental and homeownership units will assure the continuing affordability of housing in Alexandria,” said ARHA Executive Director Priest.
Bob Youngentob, President of EYA, added “This groundbreaking celebrates the successful collaboration of EYA, the City of Alexandria, and ARHA in tackling the challenges of securing funding for the much-needed replacement of aging public housing stock. By creating mixed-income communities, we are able to offset the cost of construction with proceeds from market-rate housing units and provide new, energy-efficient homes for the city’s residents.”
Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) is a public agency that preserves affordable housing opportunities for Alexandria’s low-income residents by providing safe and sanitary living conditions. The agency also provides educational and career advancement opportunities to residents through social service programs. For more information, visit www.ARHA.us.
EYA is a smart growth developer, specializing in walkable new townhome communities and mixed-use developments. Since its founding in 1992, the company has built nearly 30 neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area. For more information on the company or its neighborhoods, visit http://www.eya.com/.