March 21, 2024

Community Housing Partners (CHP), a Virginia-based nonprofit which provides affordable and sustainable housing across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, is proud to announce that it has been awarded $3.4 million in funding from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for the Witter Place development in Alexandria, Virginia.

The funding, part of a $14.3 million allocation by DHCD for three affordable housing projects across the city, will support the construction of the transformative 94-unit development located on Duke Street. (Read the announcement from the City of Alexandria.)

Witter Place from Witter DriveWitter Place, led by CHP, will repurpose a former car dealership into affordable apartments for families, catering to households with incomes ranging from 40% to 60% of the area median income (AMI). The development will help address the critical need for affordable rental options in Northern Virginia and will offer residents close access to recreation, transportation, shopping, and employment opportunities.

“We are thrilled to receive this funding from DHCD, which will enable us to further our mission of providing safe, affordable homes for individuals and families in need,” said Andy Davenport, Vice President of Real Estate Development at CHP. “Witter Place represents a significant step in addressing housing affordability in Alexandria and will serve as a model for future development in the region.”

The development will feature a single building with a mix of two- and three-bedroom apartments, offering residents a community room and business center, underground parking, indoor bicycle storage, and free in-unit Wi-Fi. CHP will also make streetscape enhancements along Duke Street and Witter Drive, as well as a pedestrian connection between the two roads, and pursue EarthCraft green building certification.

Construction is slated to being this fall with a December 2026 completion date. In addition to the DHCD funding, the $53 million project has also received funding from Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Virginia Housing, the City of Alexandria, and NeighborWorks. This will be CHP’s first development in Alexandria.