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Old Town

Successful Redevelopment into a Mixed-Income Community
Completed 2010-2014

The former James Bland public housing development covers five blocks (8.49 acres) within the Parker Gray Historic District. The redevelopment effort is VHDLLC’s largest project thus far, executed in four phases beginning in 2008 with the last phase being completed in 2014. The original James Bland community consisted of 194 public housing units that were replaced by a total of 379 of which 134 were affordable triplex and multi-family units standing side by side with 245 market rate townhomes and condominiums, thus embracing the mixed-income neighborhood concept. The triplex buildings containing affordable units nevertheless read from the streetscape as two adjacent townhomes, blending seamlessly into the rows of high-end townhouse units. The multi-family units likewise cannot be distinguished from the market rate condominium buildings. An interesting mixture of Colonial Revival, Italianate, Folk Victorian, Queen Anne, and modern “industrial inspired” detailing provides a blend of styles that complement the vernacular architecture.

  • Details
    COMMUNITY COMPOSITION 134 Affordable Rental Units 159 Market Rate Townhomes 86 Market Rate Multi-family Units FEATURES 5 Blocks from Braddock Road Metro 5 Minute Walk to King Street in Historic Old Town Alexandria 5 Miles from Washington D.C. Next to Charles Houston Recreation Center Walkable to Multiple Riverfront Parks LEED/Earthcraft Certified CONTRIBUTING PARTNERS Alexandria Redevelopment & Housing Authority – Land Sale Proceeds Virginia Housing Development Authority – 9% LIHTC City of Alexandria Boston Capital – Equity Syndicator Eakin Youngentob Associates (EYA) – Market Rate Component Developer
  • Awards
    Delta Associates Award for Excellence: 2013 Best Mid-Atlantic Neighborhood Impact Condominium Community NAHRO 2014 Award of Merit: Successful Use of A Public Private Partnership ULI Award of Excellence: 2014 Jack Kemp Affordable & Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Virginia Governor's Housing Awards: 2013 Best Mixed-Income Project The Great American Living Awards (GALA): 2011 Best Designed Architecture, 2010 Best Green Community, 2010 Most Innovative Infill Neighborhood Best in American Living Awards (BALA): 2013 Gold Award, Neighborhood of the Year
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