By Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected]
Community Lodgings, a local nonprofit focused on providing stable housing to those facing homelessness and housing instability, announced plans to redevelop the Elbert Avenue Apartments in Arlandria.
On Tuesday, the nonprofit announced it had submitted a stage one development concept plan to the city for the project. Built in the 1940s, the apartment complex is currently spread across three three-story buildings with 28 affordable housing units and provides housing to those earning at or below 60% of the area median income. The proposed redevelopment project would expand the site to include 96 affordable housing units, with 20%, or about 19 units, dedicated to households at or below 50% AMI, according to a news release.
The project is part of a broader effort by the city and nonprofits to maintain affordability for residents in the majority Latinx community that sits in close proximity to Amazon HQ2 and the upcoming Potomac Yard Metro Station. The Alexandria Housing Development Corporation recently announced it had acquired Park Vue of Alexandria, a 196-unit condo community, and would be converting it to committed affordable housing.
If Community Lodgings’ concept plan is approved, it will then seek to rezone the property to the Residential Multifamily Zone, which will require approval from both City Council and the Planning Commission.