Carpenter Shelter Project Approved in Alexandria

Carpenter Shelter Project Approved in Alexandria

On Dec. 17, the City Council approved the final plans for the newly redeveloped Carpenter Shelter in North Old Town. The council approved a development special use permit and site plan for a multi-family residential building and homeless shelter. The project, developed by the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation (AHDC), will tear down the existing homeless shelter and replace it with a seven-story building that includes a new homeless shelter and 98 units of affordable housing. The city also granted increased density for the site and a loan to AHDC for up to $7,100,000 for development of the affordable units.

“It’s important to show up when things go right,” said Judy Noritake, president of the Braddock Metro Citizen’s Coalition. “This is a project that has gone right. We’re thrilled that the development proposed fits well into the neighborhood. This is a use that we welcome. Carpenter Shelter has been a neighbor of ours for a long time. This is exactly where it should be. People of lesser means need to be where transportation and density exists. This is a perfect place for folks like this to live, work, and be a part of our community. I can’t think of a better place in the city for this.”