Public Meeting - Monday October 24 at 7:00pm (Hybrid)

A hybrid (virtual and in-person) public community meeting will take place on Monday, October 24th at 7:00pm. Representatives from the development team will discuss the current iteration of the development concept and timeline, and invite general public comment on the proposed redevelopment of the Samuel Madden Homes.

The in-person meeting will take place at the Charles Houston Recreation Center located at 901 Wythe St. For those wishing to attend virtually, please follow this link:

Meeting ID: 285 267 827 07

Passcode: eRJ9hW

Or call in (audio only): +1 585-226-7798

Phone Conference ID: 332 328 315#


For materials presented at this public meeting, please visit the following link.

For a video recording of this public meeting, please visit the following link.

Hybrid Braddock Implementation Advisory Group Meeting - October 18th at 7pm

The City of Alexandria will be hosting a Braddock Implementation Advisory Group meeting focused on the proposed ARHA Samuel Madden redevelopment project at 899 and 999 N. Henry St.

Community members may attend in person or virtually through the following:


In-person location: City Hall, City Council Work Room (2nd Floor), 301 King St. (Map This)

For materials presented at this public meeting, please visit the following link.

Board of Architectural Review Work Session - September 20 at 7pm (new date)

The City of Alexandria's Board of Architectural Review will host a meeting to discuss the proposal.

The meeting will take place in the form of a work session that will be held at 7:00pm for concept and design review. It will take place in Room 2410 of Alexandria City Hall.

For materials presented at this public meeting, please visit the following link the day after the meeting.

For a video of the presentation, please follow this link.

Second Section 106 Consulting Parties meeting - September 19 at 7:00pm

The second Section 106 Consulting Party meeting for the Samuel Madden Homes redevelopment will take place on Monday, September 19th at 7:00pm. The purpose of this second meeting is to discuss the adverse effects from the proposed demolition of the Samuel Madden Homes and to consider ways to mitigate the adverse impacts of the redevelopment. 

The meeting will take place virtually and can be accessed via the following link. You may also call-in (audio only) using the following telephone number: (585)226-7798, conference ID: 431 135 259#

For materials presented at this public meeting, please visit the following link the day after the meeting.

For a video of the presentation, please follow this link.

Public Meeting - Tuesday July 26 at 6:00pm

A public community meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 26th at 6:00pm. Representatives from the development team will discuss the current iteration of the development concept and timeline, and invite general public comment on the proposed redevelopment of the Samuel Madden Homes.

The meeting will take place at the Charles Houston Recreation Center located at 901 Wythe St.

For materials presented at this public meeting, please visit the following link.

Concept Stage 3 Site Plan Submitted to Department of Planning & Zoning

The Concept Stage 3 Site Plan was submitted to the Alexandria Department of Planning & Zoning for review and feedback from City staff.

As per the City of Alexandria's Development Review Process, a Concept Plan review is an informal process designed to identify major issues before investment in detailed engineering. The Concept 2 process is repeated in Stage 3, though with more detailed information on issues such as traffic, stormwater management, and architectural design. The project is further refined with the City’s design committees at Concept 3.

Hybrid Braddock Implementation Advisory Group Meeting - June 8th at 7pm

The City of Alexandria will be hosting a Braddock Implementation Advisory Group meeting focused on the proposed ARHA Samuel Madden redevelopment project at 899 and 999 N. Henry St.

Community members may attend in person or virtually through the following:

• Zoom link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CgsooOI5SleWgK5doZ0esA

• Meeting ID: 963 2966 5613

• Passcode: 179829

• Call in option: 301.715.8592


In-person location: City Hall, Sister Cities Room 1101, 301 King St. (Map This)

For materials presented at this public meeting, please visit the following link.

Concept Stage 2 Site Plan Submitted to Department of Planning & Zoning

The Concept Stage 2 Site Plan was submitted to the Alexandria Department of Planning & Zoning for review and feedback from City staff.

As per the City of Alexandria's Development Review Process, a Concept Plan review is an informal process designed to identify major issues before investment in detailed engineering. The Concept 1 process is repeated in Stage 2, though with more detailed information on issues such as traffic, stormwater management, and architectural design. The project is most often introduced to the community and the City’s design committees at Concept 2.

Section 106 Consulting Parties meeting - May 11 at 6:00pm

The first Section 106 Consulting Party meeting for the Samuel Madden Homes redevelopment will take place on Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00pm. The purpose of this meeting is to introduce the project purpose and background, present the draft Area of Potential Effects and preliminary identification of historic properties, present the current iteration of the development concept, and invite public comment on the project as it relates to the Section 106 process. 

The meeting will take place at the Charles Houston Recreation Center located at 901 Wythe St.

To view a recording of this meeting, please follow this link.

For materials presented at this public meeting, please visit the following link.

Public Meeting - Tuesday May 10 at 6:00pm

A public community meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00pm. Representatives from the development team will discuss the current iteration of the development concept and timeline, and invite general public comment on the proposed redevelopment of the Samuel Madden Homes.

The meeting will take place at the Charles Houston Recreation Center located at 901 Wythe St.

For materials presented at this public meeting, please visit the following link.

Concept 1 Site Plan Submitted to Alexandria Department of Planning & Zoning

The Concept 1 Site Plan was submitted to the Alexandria Department of Planning & Zoning for initial review and feedback from City staff.

As per the City of Alexandria's Development Review Process, a Concept Plan review is an informal process designed to identify major issues before investment in detailed engineering. For Concept Stage 1, the sponsor of a proposed development provides City staff a rough outline and sketches of the proposal. Staff then provide input relating to the project’s consistency with City plans, the application types necessary for approval, and what issues need to be addressed in order to move the project through review. The sponsor provides basic information on the proposed project—the site plan, development program, building footprint, parking, etc. An assigned project planner schedules the Concept Plan for an interdepartmental review (IDR) consisting of City staff and other public agencies. Initial comments are then sent back to the sponsor before Concept Stage 2 is required.

ARHA Selects Team to Redevelop the Samuel Madden Homes

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – November 10, 2021 – Fairstead, Mill Creek Residential and The Communities Group announced they have been selected to redevelop the Samuel Madden Homes in Old Town Alexandria in partnership with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA). The development team was awarded the contract by ARHA’s Board of Commissioners on November 8th.

 The development team will reposition the site to create a sustainable mixed-use community with affordable and workforce housing, including brand new homes for current residents, retail and a new public park with a playground and art installations. Two local nonprofits will provide on-site services to residents and the community: The Hopkins House will operate an early learning and childcare center, and ALIVE! will provide food-access services.

 “The selection of a development partner for the Madden community is a happy day for Alexandria as it will allow us to increase affordable rental housing for all residents of the city” said ARHA CEO Keith Pettigrew. “Our partners have an outstanding track record of producing quality affordable housing and have embraced our goal of increasing housing opportunities for low-income and working families. The plan that they have submitted accomplishes that goal.”

 “Fairstead is proud to work with ARHA and our development partners to reimagine this critical site in Alexandria,” said Brett Meringoff, Managing Partner, Development, at Fairstead. “Fostering a strong, thriving community starts with having a safe, beautiful place to live. This redevelopment will not only provide high quality new homes for Alexandria residents, but it will allow them to access the services they need to support their families. By creating space for retail and a new public park, we are welcoming our neighbors in and establishing a new gateway to the City of Alexandria.”

 When complete, the redevelopment proposes to feature 482 units of affordable, workforce, and market-rate housing. The redevelopment will replace all of the existing units at the site on a one-for-one basis, with all current residents returning to new homes. All residents will have access to amenities in both buildings, including a pool, courtyard, and more. It will help address the growing need for various types of housing within Alexandria.

“This is a tremendous opportunity in one of the most charming downtown areas in the region, and we’re excited to pursue this redevelopment initiative alongside some magnificent partners,” said Joe Muffler, Managing Director of Development for Mill Creek Residential. “This location is truly a gateway site linking the National Landing neighborhoods, Old Town Alexandria and the emerging Amazon activity as part of the HQ2 arrival in nearby Crystal City.”

 “TCG has worked with housing authorities and HUD for 37 years to preserve or redevelop their aging housing communities,” said Jaime Bordenave, President of The Communities Group. “We look forward to working with Madden residents and teaming up with ARHA. ARHA is implementing a solid repositioning strategy by taking control of its housing sites and leveraging public and private funds for their redevelopment.”   

The redevelopment will feature a prominent 10,000-square-foot public park on the north end of the property with a playground, water feature, and public art. The team plans to include 16,000 square feet of retail and a 13,000-square-foot early learning and childcare center run by The Hopkins House, a non-profit institution in Alexandria since 1939.

 In line with Alexandria’s commitment to addressing the climate crisis, the team will be partnering with the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech to incorporate green design elements, strategies to reduce energy and water consumption, and pursue sustainability certifications.