This Tuesday, the Alexandria City Council unanimously voted to replace the Ramsey Homes apartment complex with a new 52-unit mixed-income building, reported The Washington Post. The Council’s plan is to demolish all the existing buildings and construct a four-story structure closer to the Charles Houston Recreation Center to allow more green space across Pendleton Street. The project is expected to cost roughly $17.5 million. There are no designs available yet.
The Ramsey Homes were built between 1940 and 1942 with the intent to house African American defense workers, reported The Washington Post. Today, the buildings are outdated and provide inadequate heating, plumbing, and electrical systems.
• Run-down Ramsey Homes to be torn down, replaced by mixed-income housing [The Washington Post]