Housing and Community Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Operating Hours: 8AM-4:30PM M-F

TTY 711

3700 Pender Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Tom Fleetwood,
HCD Director

North Hill

Residences at North Hill

The North Hill property consists of approximately 33 unimproved acres off of Richmond Highway in the Mount Vernon District of Fairfax County. Through the Public Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act of 2002 (PPEA), Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority is able to pursue a public-private partnership that will transform North Hill into a mixed income, affordable and market rate housing community comprised of multifamily rental apartments and for-sale townhomes.

Project Scope

The North Hill development will include:

  • 216 Affordable Multifamily Apartments
  • 63 Affordable Senior Independent Living Apartments
  • 175 Market Rate Townhomes
  • 12-acre Public Park

North Hill’s 279 affordable units will be spread across five four-story buildings that front Richmond Highway. One of these buildings - with 63 units - will be dedicated for independent senior living. The 175 market-rate townhouses will be built along Dart Drive. One of the development’s focal points will be a public plaza at the corner of Richmond Highway and Dart Drive. It may include benches, plantings, lawn, fitness equipment and a ping pong table and chess tables. This plaza also will be an important anchor for a possible bus rapid transit station stop.

North Hill Site Plan

North Hill is an example of how the county is implementing its strategic Economic Success Plan. Among its many strategies, this plan calls for growing and diversifying the county economy by:

  • Maximizing the return on investment on county land through public-private partnerships.
  • Creating livable, walkable communities with a mix of housing for all incomes and ages.
  • Expanding transit service and improving the county’s multimodal transportation system



UPDATED: October 13, 2021

  • Dart Drive:  Dart Drive connection to Arlington Drive temporary closed for safety reasons and will be reopened once construction activities permit.  
  • General Site: The Richmond Highway sidewalk and bike lane proffer improvements are complete along Richmond Highway.  Pedestrian signal at Dart Drive to be installed next month.  Bike lane is open for public use. Placement of asphalt from middle entrance to north entrance in progress (see picture).  Smaller retaining walls (Roche Brothers segmental walls) adjacent to building 2A and 3A in progress.  
  • Large Retaining Wall:  Retaining wall construction including shotcrete and faux stone treatment is complete.  
  • Building 2A: Framing on all floors and roof complete except needed adjustments on balcony areas.  ZIP exterior wall treatment complete.  Electrical and plumbing rough-ins continuing throughout the building.  Concrete stair work complete – wood stairs from 1st floor to 4th installation in progress.  
  • Building 3A: Framing on all floors and roof complete except needed adjustments on balcony areas.  Electrical and plumbing rough-in work in progress.  Concrete stair work complete.  
  • Building 1B: Framing complete to 2nd floor. 
  • Building 1A:  CMU elevator shaft complete.  CMU installation to podium level complete.  
  • Building 3B:  Partial completion of footings and foundation.  Balance of concrete work on hold pending resolution of temporary earth shoring.  Shoring design approved and permit issued by Fairfax County.  Nicholson starting to mobilize for shoring wall work to progress next month.    
  • Utility Coordination: Work on-going to install conduits for dry utilities and prepare for service installation later this fall and winter.  COX completed final checks of their conduits along Dart Drive and installed and spliced in their permanent lines.  
  • Contaminated Soils: All known contaminated excavation has been properly disposed of in accordance with county and state requirements.  Environmental Consultant working with VADEQ on closure report.  Note:  all major excavation activities are complete, but minor excavation in several locations for final retaining walls and some utility work is still planned, and more contamination could potentially be discovered.
  • Building System Submissions: Review ongoing of building system shop drawings for electrical, mechanical, structural, plumbing, and architectural finish systems.  Ongoing coordination and review by the development team and Virginia Housing of project requirements to ensure compliance with universal design and EarthCraft requirements.
  • Park Construction:  Park construction is anticipated to begin in the Spring of 2022.
  • Community Coordination:  A “hard hat happy hour” was held at the site in coordination with the Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation to introduce the project to the local business community.    


Rental Opportunities

Pennrose will be managing the application process for the affordable rental housing.

Applications are not being accepted at the present time; however, interested households/individuals can submit their contact information and express their desire to be notified when the application period opens in the Contact Us section of the Pennrose website.

Residences at North Hill Apartment Flyer (English and Spanish)


Construction Notice To-Proceed June 22, 2020
Clearing and Grading mid-July thru Spring 2021
Dart Drive Phase 1
(Dart Drive connection to Arlington Drive)
July 2020 thru November 2020
Dart Drive - Phase 2
(Dart Drive connection to Richmond Highway)
November 2020 thru February 2021
Retaining Wall October 2020 thru Spring 2021
Building Pads Fall 2020
Building Construction Spring 2021 thru Summer 2022
Project Closeout and Occupancy Fall 2022



Frequently Asked Questions

Development Documents

The FCRHA’s affordable housing development partner on the project is CHPPENN, LLC.  The FCRHA selected the developer through the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act, which is a competitive selection process. The CHPPENN, LLC team is a partnership between the Virginia-based Community Housing Partners and Pennrose, a Philadelphia-based developer.



Project news, updates and announcements will be made available through this website throughout the duration of the project. For project details, please contact Tony Esse, with the Department of Housing and Community Development at 703-246-5172, TTY 711 or via email at Tony.Esse@fairfaxcounty.gov

Questions may be directed via email to NorthHillHousingProject@fairfaxcounty.gov



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