Portsmouth City Council approves over 100 apartments for the elderly on site of former council housing complex – The Virginian-Pilot

PORTSMOUTH — City Council this week unanimously approved a senior citizens apartment complex on the site of a former council housing complex.

TRG Community Development, a subsidiary of Connecticut-based Richman Group Development Corporation, plans to build 106 new apartments next to Lexington Place, a 72-townhouse development that was the first phase.

Lexington Place, which is not a seniors’ residence, was built in April 2021.

The developments replace the community of Lincoln Park, one of the oldest and largest social housing complexes in the city, built in 1960 with nearly 200 apartments. The complex was demolished in 2019.

The second phase will amount to a three-story building called Lexington Senior.

This is a public-private partnership, so the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority will continue to own the property east of Frederick Boulevard, southwest of the city centre.

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Timmons Group of Virginia Beach, an engineering firm, applied for the permit.

TRG specializes in affordable, market-priced housing projects across the country.

“Not only are we suffering right now and in the midst of a housing crisis, we are also still tasked with redeveloping poorly-appointed public housing (and) replacing it with quality housing that people can be proud of,” said said TRG President Andre. Blakley said during the meeting.

Blakley said the project is in the design phase, but is expected to start next spring. He added that Tuesday’s vote will allow the TRG and PRHA to apply for funds that will help finance the project. The total cost of the project is not yet known.

Of the 106 units, 81 will have one bedroom and the others will have two. Lexington Place offers a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. PRHA has been working since 2016 to redevelop Lincoln Park with a mix of housing types.

Lexington Senior’s amenities will include a community hall, library, exercise room and private park, Blakley said during the meeting. Access to the new apartments will be via Lexington Drive and a private loop road to Columbus Avenue. A roundabout will also be installed to help ease traffic.

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