$11 Million Highland Park Senior Apartments Groundbreaking to Kick Off Six Points Revitalization

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Over the next several years, CPDC will add 200 new, affordable homes in Richmond beginning with the groundbreaking for Highland Park Senior Apartments, an $11 million development project to provide 77 units of replacement housing for Fay Towers seniors.

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CPDC's SVP, Real Estate Development Christopher LoPiano in front of the future home of Highland Park Senior Apartments.

For Highland Park Senior Apartments, CPDC plans to replicate a model that has been highly successful in its Annapolis, MD Wiley H. Bates senior community.

Leading Washington, D.C. area not-for-profit real estate developer Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC), joined by Richmond community and housing leaders, will today kick off a strategic revitalization of the Six Points community with the groundbreaking for Highland Park Senior Apartments (formerly Brookland Park Plaza and originally Highland Park Public School).

The adaptive reuse project, which will provide 77 new affordable apartments for seniors, is Phase 1 of a 3-phase mixed-income, mixed-use redevelopment project that will add a total of 200 new units of affordable housing and relocate residents of Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority’s (RRHA) Frederic A. Fay Towers.

CPDC was selected by RRHA to redevelop Fay under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration, a mixed financing tool allowing public housing authorities to create public-private efforts to replace outdated buildings.

“We’re pleased to be partnering with CPDC as they bring quality affordable housing for seniors to Richmond,” said Valena Dixon, External Relations Director at RRHA. “Highland Park Senior Apartments is just the first phase of this development and we look forward to assisting a seamless transition for Fay residents to their new homes.”

In addition to constructing new apartment homes, the CPDC team—which opened a Richmond office in August—has been working with local political and housing leaders including Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson, City of Richmond Economic and Community Development, Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and more as a community development partner in a broad effort to help revitalize the Six Points community and its commercial corridor.

“We see CPDC’s new Highland Park Senior Apartments as the first step in a broad revitalization of Six Points,” said Councilwoman Ellen F. Robertson, Richmond City Council - Richmond Gateway 6th Voter District. “When an organization with a reputation for quality housing like CPDC joins forces with local leaders, we anticipate a community development initiative that will bring serious, positive change for the betterment of all of our citizens in Richmond.”

Integral to the Highland Park community development plan is the organization’s recent purchase of the Nehemiah House Community Center, a vacant building directly across from the new Highland Park Apartments. CPDC plans to replace the building with a newly-constructed, mixed-use community-serving project.

“CPDC brings decades of expertise not only in redeveloping housing that serves as a catalyst to reinvigorate entire neighborhoods—but also in tailored solutions for senior residents. Our goal is to engage and connect low-income senior residents to the services they need: transportation, quality healthcare, and access to local organizations offering senior services,” said CPDC President and CEO J. Michael Pitchford. “That kind of community building is at the core of our value in the Richmond market.”

For Highland Park Senior Apartments, CPDC plans to replicate a model that has been highly successful in its Annapolis, MD Wiley H. Bates senior community. Bates, also an adaptive reuse of a school building, features 71 affordable apartments and robust on-site services and amenities catering to seniors including: fresh produce delivery, recreational activities, a health care support center, fitness center, community meeting rooms, computer labs and more.

Julia Solomon, current resident of the RRHA Fay Towers, says she and fellow Fay residents are looking forward to the new facilities.

“We have been included a lot. CPDC asked us what we wanted and how we wanted the new building to look,” said Solomon. “[We told them] we’d like to have exercise and a computer rooms because a lot of seniors are into computers now. We’d also like to have a little store like we used to have. It was wonderful.”

With a target completion date of July 2016 and an estimated three-month leasing process, the new Highland Park apartments are expected to be up and running by late next year. Phases 2 and 3, to be located in historic Jackson Ward, will include 48 units at the Baker School (also an adaptive reuse of a historic school structure) and 75 newly-constructed units to be part of a larger 175-unit mixed-income, mixed-use development.

The Highland Park Senior Apartments financing structure consists of nine percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits awarded by Virginia Housing Development Agency with equity from Hudson Housing Capital; federal and state historic tax credits; a permanent mortgage loan of $3,000,000 from Capital One; and a $900,000 commitment from the City of Richmond--$650,000 as a Section 108 loan and $250,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds.

Highland Park is the first piece of the organization’s planned contributions to a broader neighborhood development effort to revitalize the Highland Park commercial corridor and connect senior residents to available—but often untapped—local resources.

Highland Park Senior Apartments Groundbreaking
What: Groundbreaking for Highland Park Senior Apartments (formerly Brookland Park Plaza)
When: Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: 1221 East Brookland Park Blvd., Richmond, VA 23222

For more information on CPDC’s real estate and community development plans in Richmond, please see:
“CPDC Moves Forward with New Senior Apartments in Highland Park”
“Historic Richmond School Building to Become Senior Apartments”
“CPDC Partners with RRHA for Hundreds of New Affordable Richmond Apartments”
“More than Housing: CPDC, Richmond Leaders Work Toward Community Revitalization”
“Community Development in Six Points: Who’s Who?”

About CPDC:
A premier developer of affordable housing in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) works to develop vibrant communities through innovation and partnership. Specializing in the acquisition, redevelopment, and operation of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families, CPDC owns over 4,500 dedicated affordable apartments within more than 25 communities, with resident engagement programs at many of its properties serving more than 9,000 residents.

For all CPDC and general inquiries, please contact:
Luann Tia Blount, Vice President, External Relations
(202) 885-9546

For public relations inquiries, please contact:
Jamie Rose, Momenta Creative
(202) 688-1448

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