Fairfax County Moves Forward with Affordable Senior Housing in McLean
Board of Supervisors Selects Wesley Hamel to Redevelop Housing at Lewinsville Senior Campus
The Fairfax County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, July 29 approved entering into an Interim Agreement with Wesley Hamel Lewinsville LLC for the redevelopment of the county-owned Lewinsville Center.
The Interim Agreement allows Wesley Hamel, led by local non-profit Wesley Housing Development Corporation, to proceed with obtaining the land use approvals necessary for the project, among other steps.
Currently, the site consists of 22 units of affordable senior independent housing, known as the Lewinsville Senior Residences operated by the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA), as well as a senior center, an adult daycare center, and two privately operated child care centers, all housed in a former elementary school building. When completed, it is expected that the new Lewinsville Center will consist of two new buildings: A total of 82 units of privately-operated affordable senior independent housing will be housed in one building; the second building will include a senior center, adult day health center, and adult respite center, and two private child daycare centers. Wesley Hamel will construct the housing component.
“I am very proud that the Board approved this important step toward realizing our community’s goal of redeveloping and expanding the Lewinsville campus, which will provide much better facilities and expanded affordable housing options for our seniors” said Supervisor John Foust (Dranesville District).
According to Paula Sampson, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, the new senior housing will be first made available to the residents currently living at Lewinsville Senior Residences. The project will increase the total number of affordable senior apartments which will be available to the community.
“We are proud to have been selected by Fairfax County to develop the Senior Independent Living Residences as part of the redevelopment of the Lewinsville Center. This will be our second community for low income seniors and our fifth special needs community in Fairfax County. We are very pleased to partner with the County to create a healthy and vibrant new community in McLean” said Shelley Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wesley Housing Development Corporation.
“We are looking forward to working with the County to serve the needs of this growing and vulnerable segment of society” said Jeff Greenspan, chairman of the Wesley Housing Development Corporation Board.
As a next step, Wesley Hamel and Fairfax County will work to negotiate a Master Development Agreement, which will address the financial components of the project, and it is anticipated that that Wesley Hamel will apply for Low-Income Housing Tax Credits in 2015.