Farmville Affordable Housing Community Gets a Makeover

Christiansburg, VA – The thirty-seven-year-old Parkview Gardens Apartments in Farmville, Virginia, recently underwent an extensive transformation as its owner and manger, Community Housing Partners (CHP), performed numerous upgrades to the aging community. On May 21, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the affordable rental housing community’s renovation and those who helped make it happen.

Jacqueline Williams, a Parkview Gardens resident since 1985, commented on her neighborhood’s revival. “I’ve seen Parkview grow and be renovated – it’s been amazing. My home is something I truly do love.”

Also on hand for the ceremony was Carrie Schmidt, Richmond field office director with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “Rural areas have very little access to affordable housing, but Parkview Gardens’ rehabilitation is an exciting example of how affordable housing stock can and should be preserved. It incorporates sustainability, visitability, and affordability – three key components to a vital community.”

Orlando Artze, CHP’s executive vice president and COO, remarked that, "the rehabilitation of Parkview Gardens is a success story of private and public partners working together to address the needs of an underserved community.”

Improvements to the 80-unit property by CHP’s in-house architecture and construction teams include the installation of all-new windows, exterior doors, kitchen and bath cabinets, tub/shower units, toilets, ranges, range hoods, refrigerators, water heaters, and flooring, as well as the installation of new roofs, gutters, and downspouts. Eight units were also designed to universal design standards for use by disabled and elderly families. In addition, a new community building has been constructed to provide space for gathering and resident services programming.

Funding for the Parkview Gardens renovation was provided by BB&T, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, NeighborWorks® America, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Virginia Community Development Corporation (VCDC),Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA).