County Progresses on Affordable Housing Preservation Efforts
In a move to preserve Fairfax County’s affordable housing stock, renovations are fully underway at two properties in Lee District. On March 28, Supervisor Jeff McKay, Fairfax County Government staff to include the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, project managers and crew, and current residents had an opportunity to tour both Murraygate Village Apartments and Lafayette Apartments to get a firsthand look at the current renovations and updates made to both Route One properties.
The renovation of Murraygate Village Apartments includes $20 million in Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) tax-exempt bonds and up to $8.9 million in Housing Blueprint Funds from Fairfax County.
Over the next year, renovations will focus on modernizing the 200-unit community and will include kitchen and bathroom upgrades and the replacement of the current HVAC system with individual heat pumps for improved energy efficiency. Renovations will also include new paint, floor finishes, window replacements and the addition of two accessible apartment units- increasing the number of accessible units from eight to ten. Murraygate Village Apartments renovations are scheduled for completion in the summer of 2020.
While Murraygate Apartments are still under renovation, Lafayette Apartments are already seeing the newly upgraded units being filled with both current and new tenants. This $6.5 million rehabilitation project spearheaded by AHC Affordable Housing and Fairfax County, started in early 2018 and while some units are still being renovated, most are finished. Some of the updates include improving sustainability, energy efficiency and security, new HVAC systems, energy-efficient fixtures, updated kitchens and bathrooms, and lastly, a new security system for the building entrance have been installed.
“The renovations taking place at both Murraygate Village Apartments and Lafayette Apartments are a testament to our work and determination to ensure everyone has a safe, secure, and affordable place to live,” said Supervisor McKay. “Updating our affordable housing stock through preservation projects must continue to be a top County priority in addition to increasing affordable units as we seek to live out our One Fairfax policies. With the arrival of Amazon HQ2 and continued progress on the Embark plan, now more than ever, we must make affordable housing accessible wherever we can. I’m proud of the work we are accomplishing, and I look forward to continuing our momentum.”
Murraygate Village Apartments Hard Hat Tour
Lafayette Apartments in Groveton