Lafayette Village Dedication a Tribute to Community
On July 8, Community Housing Partners (CHP) hosted a dedication ceremony at the Lafayette Village Elderly Apartments community center to celebrate the grand re-opening of Lafayette Village, a collection of three newly refurbished, affordable multifamily housing communities located at 121 Lafayette Boulevard.
Originally constructed in 1989, the Lafayette Village properties comprise 250 units and were acquired and rehabilitated by CHP to preserve this affordable housing stock for the community and residents of Williamsburg.
In keeping with CHP’s mission to create affordable, green, sustainable housing opportunities and services, the extensive renovations of the existing property included the use of environmentally-responsible building practices and design features such as energy-efficient mechanical systems, appliances, and lighting; EnergyStar windows; low-VOC finishes; durable siding; and native landscaping. During the year-long rehab project, CHP also installed all-new cabinets and flooring; painted interiors and exteriors; replaced most exterior doors and some roofing; waterproofed basement areas; improved site drainage; and built community rooms in each of the three properties.
In an effort to promote self-sufficiency and personal success amongst its residents, the Lafayette Village apartments provide free residential services programs such as adult education classes, employment assistance, homeownership workshops, tenant counseling, and youth programming.
A keynote address was given by Susan Dewey, Executive Director of the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), and was followed by remarks from Dana Boole, President & Chief Executive Officer of CAHEC; Ellen Davis, State Director of USDA – Rural Development; Christopher Helmers, Management Consultant III/Relationship Manager of NeighborWorksr America; Ford Weber, Executive Director of Virginia LISC; Glen Hatton, Vice President of Wachovia Community Development Finance; Geraldine Smith, resident at Lafayette Village Elderly Apartments; and Emmett Harmon, James City County Chief of Police.