Housing and Community Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

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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




The Residences at North Hill has begun the leasing process. Apply online at www.ResidencesAtNorthHill.com. Please note: 

  • Pre-application MUST be filled out in its entirety to be eligible for housing
  • All applications MUST be completed online. If you need assistance, Please contact the Pennrose leasing office by email at ResidencesAtNorthHill@Pennrose.com, or by calling 571-556-3480.

Please note that this community is owned and operated by Pennrose. Fairfax County is not administering the leasing activities for units at this property. Please contact the leasing office at the number above for details about the application process.

Residences at North Hill Flyer


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/Fall 2022
Project Closeout and Occupancy Fall 2022



UPDATED: February 2, 2022

  • Dart Drive:  Dart Drive connection to Arlington Drive temporary closed for safety reasons and will be reopened once construction activities permit.  Pedestrian signal and crosswalk at the intersection of Richmond Highway complete and accepted by VDOT.  Fence along the south side of Dart installed.
  • General Site: Dry utility conduit in place and primary power unto the site and into the buildings to be pulled by Dominion next month (delayed due to weather).  Roche Brothers segmental retaining walls construction around all buildings continuing. Stormwater system except behind building 3B.    
  • Large Retaining Wall:  Retaining wall construction including shotcrete and faux stone treatment is complete.  Monitoring of wall continuing by GEI – no movements out of specifications noted.
  • Building 2A: Framing, roofing, and windows installation complete.  Exterior finishes - facia brick complete, Hardy Plank installation between windows complete.  Hardy Board facia installation 50% complete.  Trades work (electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire protection) advancing on all floors.  Sealing and insulation inspections progressing for county and EarthCraft. Drywall installation proceeding on all floors.   
  • Building 3A: Framing, roofing, and window installation complete.  Trades work (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) advancing on all floors. Exterior masonry near complete.  Pre-drywall inspections of framing and weather sealing progressing.  
  • Building 1B: Framing, roofing, and window installation complete.  Trade rough-in work in progress.   
  • Building 1A:  Framing, roofing, and window installation complete.  Trades rough-in work in progress.      
  • Building 3B:  Temporary shoring wall complete.  Footing and foundation work along northeast end of building near complete.  Garage slab to be set next month.  
  • Utility Coordination:  Conduits for dry utilities in place and pad sites ready for transformer placement and pulling of primaries to the buildings next month (delayed by Dominion due to weather).  Temporary power in place to building 2A and being installed to other buildings.    
  • Contaminated Soils: All known contaminated excavation has been properly disposed of in accordance with county and state requirements.  VADEQ closure report received and submitted to Fire Marshal.  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.  
  • Park Construction:  Park construction is anticipated to begin in the Spring of 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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