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Notes: Massive Braddock affordable housing project gets City Council approval

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It’s been a long road, but the Samuel Madden redevelopment finally got its approval from Alexandria’s City Council earlier this week.

At a meeting on Tuesday, the Council approved Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s plans to tear down two blocks of townhomes along Route 1 and replace them with two six-story buildings with 532 units.

Over half of those units will be committed affordable — meaning the rents will be capped at a maximum of 80% of the area’s median income. Of those, 161 units will be set aside for the lowest income levels.

The approval also came with a $1 million loan asked for at the last minute by ARHA after the project faced unexpected cost increases.

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