ARHA Prepares for next redevelopment projects

(RECAP: The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority has begun the process of revamping five of its properties in the city following approval last fall of the Ramsey Homes redesign. The sites are set for an overhaul in the not-too-distant future after the authority issued a request for proposals in 2014 to find private developers with whom to partner on the projects. Of those—Andrew Adkins, Cameron Valley, Hopkins-Tancil, Samuel Madden and the ARHA headquarters—the redevelopment of the 90-unit Adkins property officially began late last year with a kick-off event. ARHA CEO Roy Priest said Adkins was slated for redevelopment first in part because of its prime location near the Braddock Road Metro station and to help the families there find alternative accommodations. ARHA will apply for low-income housing tax credits from VHDA to help fund the projects, in addition to loans and federal grants.)