April 19, 2017

“Island of Calm” Opens for Seniors in Virginia Beach

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Photo: From left to right, Virginia Beach’s Andrew Friedman and Vice Mayor Louis Jones; SULI’s Angela Whitehead; Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren Harris; SULI Consultant Rebecca McCaden and VHDA Grant Programs Manager Monica Jefferson cutting the ribbon.

A rainy day couldn’t dampen the spirits of those who gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Tranquility at the Lakes, a new affordable senior housing community in Virginia Beach.  Located in the historically significant Burton Station neighborhood, the new complex will include 40 apartments and a community room.

“Tranquility at the Lakes is a catalyst project that will restore the Burton Station community in the City of Virginia Beach. It will also give our seniors the opportunity to experience living in a safe, serene and affordable environment; a place that they are proud to call their home,” stated Angela Whitehead, CEO of Seniors Unlimited Lifestyles, Inc, a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing affordable housing for low-income senior residents throughout Hampton Roads region of Virginia.

More than seven years in the making, Tranquility at the Lakes is the shared vision of SULI, the City of Virginia Beach, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA).  Funding support included HOME funds and 20 Housing Choice Vouchers.  Virginia Community Development Corporation also awarded over $400,000 in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.

Community Housing Partners President and CEO Janaka Casper said, “Tranquility at the Lakes will improve the health and comfort of the seniors living in the apartments—an important part of our mission.” Built to EarthCraft Virginia Platinum standards, the building is also energy efficient and meets all universal design requirements. Community Housing Partners serves as the developer and property manager of the complex.

“This project makes progress on two of the City’s important goals—quality, affordable housing for seniors and the revitalization of the Burton Station neighborhood,” said Andrew Friedman, City of Virginia Beach’s Director of Housing and Preservation. “HUD HOME funds and project-based vouchers were key to this project’s feasibility.”

Toni Schmiegelow is a Senior Management Analyst in HUD’s Richmond field office.

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