14B — August 23 - September 12, 2019 — Architects & Engineers — Owners, Developers & Managers — M id A tlantic

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52-unit affordable rental community replaces former public housing development KTGY Architecture + Planning unveils design behind Ramsey Homes Apts. in Alexandria, VA T II and, since the mid-1940s, public housing.

office. “Because this site is part of the National Register of Historic Places, we worked in collaboration with our cli- ent, neighborhood groups, the historical society and the city of Alexandria to refine the de- sign and ensure seamless inte- gration with the surrounding neighborhood.” The Project: Ramsey Homes This historic district dates back to the Civil War era during which it was used as military housing and a hos- pital. In later years, it was converted to affordable hous- ing for immigrants, military housing during World War

YSONS, VA — The Tysons office of KTGY Architecture + Plan- ning , an international award- winning architecture firm, revealed details behind the design of Ramsey Homes Apartments, a 52-unit afford- able rental community in the Parker-Gray Historic District of Alexandria. Developed by the Alexandria Redevelop- ment and Housing Author- ity (ARHA) , the four-story, KTGY-designed community at 699 N. Patrick St. replaces the original Ramsey Homes public housing development, which ARHA razed in June

Ramsey Homes sits on a .71- acre site that occupies half a city block. Most recently, the site had 15 two-bedroom town- houses in four buildings. The new development will replace those four structures with a single, four-story affordable rental community consisting of 52 one-, two- and three-bed- room units – more than triple the number of residential units originally on the site. The development includes 32 underground parking spaces in addition to approximately 6,000 s/f of green space for use as a public park and rec- reation area. Ramsey Homes will serve families with annual incomes ranging from 30% to 60% of the Area Medium Income (AMI). “The redevelopment of Ramsey Homes will add much-needed affordable hous- ing units to the city of Alexan- dria,” said Keith Pettigrew, CEO of ARHA. “KTGY has been involved in every aspect of the design and public approval process of Ramsey Homes since 2014,” said Patricia Mao Booker, di- rector of production at KTGY. “We designed the building to fit in with the character and scale of the surrounding neighborhood and selected building materials already used in existing residential buildings in Alexandria.” The Parker-Gray Historic District is a 40-block area in northwest Alexandria named for the Parker-Gray School that opened in 1920. The dis- trict consists mostly of small rowhouses and townhouses, but there are also commercial buildings and more than 200 units of public housing. The buildings in Parker-Gray rep- resent several popular 19th- century architectural styles, including Greek Revival and Queen Anne. The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. KTGY designed Ramsey Homes as a four-story building that “steps down,” from four stories to three, at the ends of the building to maintain conti- nuity with the neighborhood’s adjacent two- and three-story townhomes. The same concept was implemented on the west side of the building, facing Patrick Street, along with the addition of two courtyards to minimize a “canyon” effect. 

The new Ramsey Homes affordable rental community in the Parker- Gray Historic District of Alexandria, VA, was designed by the Tysons office of KTGY Architecture + Planning

2018 after relocating residents to temporary housing. The new community, which broke ground in December 2018, is scheduled to deliver in early 2020. “One of the biggest hurdles

for any new development can be building consensus with the variety of stakeholders and gaining necessary ap- provals,” said Smita Anand, AIA , principal of KTGY Archi- tecture + Planning’s Tysons

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