In 1916, Theodore Roosevelt commissioned a medium-security prison for convicts from Washington, D.C. to be constructed in Lorton, Virginia. In 2001, the Lorton Reformatory shut down. Rather than tear the historic structure down, there have been efforts to redevelop the property for a mixed-use community with a groundbreaking in December 2015. Just recently, the community, known as Liberty Crest Apartments, has opened its doors to new residents.
The project brings a variety of residences, which include 165 apartments, 83 townhomes, and 24 single-family homes. 85 of the rentals are one-bedrooms with rents starting at $900. The remaining 80 two-bedroom rentals start at $1,075.
Inside the units, residents can expect stainless steel appliances, an island or breakfast bar in the kitchens, in-unit washers and dryers, and walk-in closets. Some of the units will have private patios and underground parking.
Some of the amenities that come with Liberty Crest Apartments include a club room, fitness center, and swimming pool. There are also over three acres of green space.
When it comes to what else to expect from the project, a press release states that the second phase of the project will deliver 110,000 square feet of commercial and retail space with six condos and 74 townhomes boasting rooftop decks. Construction for this second phase is expected to begin in December 2017.
The project cost totals $190 million. Behind the redevelopment was Wisconsin-based Alexander Company, Elm Street Development, and Fairfax County.
• Liberty Crest Apartments [Official Website]
• Former Virginia Jail to Become Mixed-Use Village [Curbed DC]