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Notes: Construction on major new affordable housing project in Arlandria starting next month

Good Tuesday morning, Alexandria!

🌦️ Today’s weather: There’s a likelihood of showers and thunderstorms mainly occurring after 5pm today and before 8pm Tuesday night, both with a 30% chance of precipitation. Widespread haze is anticipated before noon. The weather should be mostly sunny, with highs near 92 and a west wind speed of 3 to 8 mph. Tuesday night will be partly cloudy, with lows around 71. The wind from the west will calm by the evening.

🚨 You need to know

Construction is starting next month on a major new affordable housing project in Arlandria, Alexandria Living Magazine reported.

Sansé and Naja, two buildings being constructed by non-profit developer Housing Alexandria, will have a total of 474 units of affordable housing with 36,000 square feet of commercial space. The development will also have an underground parking garage for 379 cars.

The housing will be affordable for households making up to 80% of the area median income with 105 units set aside as deeply affordable for those making 40% of the area median income.

The first step is the demolition of the current buildings on the site, with above-ground construction starting later this year. Alexandria Living Magazine reported that the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2026.

Concept rendering of Sansé and Naja development in Arlandria (image courtesy Housing Alexandria)

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If you had a chance to enhance a child’s future with a time commitment of less than 2 hours a week, how would you respond? You have that opportunity right now to join over 200 Alexandrians as a reading tutor volunteer with the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC).

ATC tutors work with one child in kindergarten, first, or second grade in Alexandria public schools who need extra help with reading. Tutors meet with their Book Buddy 1-2 times each week for 30 minutes October-May at school, during school hours. Many struggling readers only receive one-on-one instruction through this program, and it makes all the difference. Last year, ATC served 195 children, of whom 82% ended the year reading on grade level and 96% made substantial reading gains. But the need is great, and we are still seeing learning lags from the pandemic.

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Family Fun Fall Fest

Mark your calendars and join us for the Family Fun Fall Fest on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11am – 2pm!

This FREE in-person event will be held at the Shoppes at Foxchase, located at 4641 Duke St, Alexandria, VA

2023 Alexandria Fall Festival

Food trucks, bounce houses, pony rides, magic shows and more at the 2023 Alexandria Fall Festival, an Alexandria Living event presented by The Patterson Group. Join us at River Farm on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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