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Notes: Affordable housing redevelopments moving forward across Old Town North

Good Tuesday morning, Alexandria!

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New developments are underway that could reshape the Old Town North neighborhood and bring in new affordability.

Alexandria Living Magazine recently wrote an overview of what’s ahead for the area.

One of the biggest developments is the Ladrey building, an 11-story structure from the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) at Wythe and Royal streets. The public housing project will house seniors and residents with disabilities and construction is set to begin sometime in 2025.

Alexandria Living Magazine notes that not far away, ARHA has another project underway at the Samuel Madden Housing development. A new — sometimes controversial — pair of buildings will bring 530 new units to the area with a mix of affordable, workforce and market-rate housing to hit a variety of income levels.

The proposed North Building of the Samuel Madden redevelopment (via City of Alexandria)

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