The City Council unanimously approved a $500,000 loan to get a new affordable housing development for the Arlandria neighborhood off the ground.

As part of an effort to preemptively combat gentrification likely incoming with Amazon’s arrival, the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC) has put together plans to build a new affordable housing complex at 221 W. Glebe Road, former location for Safeway.

According to a presentation, the new development will be 460-480 units of affordable housing, around 380 parking spaces, and 38,000 square feet of non-residential space at the former Safeway.

The units will be spread across two buildings on the site, one ten-stories tall and another at seven-stories tall.

According to AHDC, the focus will be on units built for families, with 65% of total units either two bedroom or three bedroom units.

For the non-residential space, AHDC said it plans to bring in:

  • Healthcare services providers
  • Shared office space for nonprofit/mission driven organizations
  • City agencies satellite office space
  • Childcare and/or child education services
  • Retail space for locally-owned businesses

The project is scheduled to come back to the City Council for review later this year, with construction starting in 2023 if approved. The pre-leasing phase is scheduled to start in the 2024-2026 timeframe.

Images via City of Alexandria

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