Building a Brighter Future for Disabled Veterans
Reprinted with permission from VBCDC
Construction of Cedar Grove Apartments, an affordable 32-unit supportive housing rental community, began in early July 2012 at 904 Broad Meadows Boulevard in Virginia Beach. The two nonprofit developers, VBCDC (Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation) and its CHDO affiliate Southeastern Virginia Housing Corporation (SVHC), awarded the construction contract to the Class A general contracting division of Christiansburg-based Community Housing Partners (CHP).
A nonprofit community development corporation, CHP has been nationally recognized for its green and sustainable building methods and practices. “We are very excited and proud to be included on the Cedar Grove team. The project raises the bar by successfully integrating sustainability, affordability, and aesthetics,” said CHP Vice President of Construction Todd Peacock. “We look forwarding to advancing VBCDC’s vision.”
Residents will pay no more than 30% of their gross income towards rent thanks to project based Section 8 vouchers allocated by the City of Virginia Beach. “We are delighted to have such a team of professional and community-minded partners involved in this project,” stated VBCDC Executive Director Mary Kay Horoszewski.
Cedar Grove will consist of 28 one-bedroom and four two-bedroom apartments. Sixteen will be fully accessible. Individual apartments will be fully furnished and include new living room, bedroom, and dining furniture; as well as new washer/dryer and kitchen appliances. The development will also include a community lounge, fitness center, and offices for case management and property management staff. An accessible garden will be developed on the property and mobility van transportation to the Hampton Virginia Center and other service providers will be available.
The new community will provide the first permanent rental units for homeless/disabled veterans in the Hampton Roads region, helping to meet the Hampton Veterans Medical Center need for 200 units of permanent housing for veterans. The facility will also support the regional commitment to end homelessness over a ten-year period and Governor Bob McDonnell’s initiative to make Virginia the most veteran friendly state in the nation. Project completion is scheduled for July 2013.