Fairfax County Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter L. Alcorn and Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority Commissioner Richard Kennedy recently joined with several partners – including Enterprise Community Development and Fellowship Square Foundation to break ground on a new mid-rise housing development to serve low-income seniors in Reston.
“It is very exciting to see this important project become a reality for our community,” said Supervisor Alcorn. “The Fellowship House has been home for many low-income seniors over the past five decades, allowing them to age in place near the cultural and historical center of our Reston community – and often near family. The new Lake Anne House will continue that tradition with essential upgrades in accessibility features and available programs and services that enable residents to take full advantage of the benefits and opportunities life in Fairfax County affords.”
The groundbreaking marks an important milestone in the project that began in late 2015 to redevelop the Lake Anne Fellowship House, an aging senior housing community built in the 1970s. Not only will the project result in modernized and accessible homes for older adults, thanks to the creative solutions put forth by the development team, the project will be entirely constructed without any need for relocating the residents of the current facility.
The Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority contributed to the financing of more than half of the apartments in the development through the contribution of $3 million in local Housing Blueprint funding, as well as awarding 122 project-based vouchers to the project.
“The Lake Anne Fellowship Development has held a significant place in our community and in my heart for nearly 50 years,” said FCRHA Commissioner Kennedy. “My mother lived here, just 5 minutes from my home, and we often see many of the residents as they are walking through the neighborhood. It reminds me every day of how critical it is for us, as a community, to ensure that our older adults – particularly those on low incomes – have access to decent, safe and affordable homes in communities that value and need their engagement and activity.”