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Braddock affordable housing redevelopment headed to City review this month

Rendering of new proposed Samuel Madden development (image courtesy ARHA)

A new redevelopment project that could bring hundreds of new affordable housing units to the Braddock neighborhood is headed to city and public review throughout this month.

The mixed-use redevelopment of Samuel Madden Homes in Braddock is scheduled for a pair of community meetings next week followed by a review at the Board of Architectural Review in two weeks.

Today, Samuel Madden Homes is a collection of 66 affordable housing units operated by Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA), but the project is slated to be redeveloped with mixed-income housing along with retail, community services and an early childhood education center. A new public park, playground and an art project are also planned for the site.  The project is also currently planned to feature amenities like a pool and exercise rooms.

The project is slated to create 529 new residential units, half of which will be set aside as affordable at either 60 to 80 percent of Area Median Income (AMI).

According to a release from the City of Alexandria, there are three meetings on the new development scheduled for May:

  • Tuesday, May 10: A public community meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00pm, at Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St). The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the development team, discuss the current development project concept, project timeline, and solicit public comment.
  • Wednesday, May 11: The first Section 106 Consulting Party meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:00pm, at Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St). The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the project purpose and background, present the draft Area of Potential Effects and preliminary identification of historic properties, present the current development project concept, and solicit public comment.
  • Wednesday, May 18: The applicant has submitted a request for complete demolition of the current Samuel Madden Homes site. This application will be discussed during a Board of Architectural Review Hearing on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00pm at City Hall Council Chambers (301 King Street).

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