Fairstead, Mill Creek Residential and The communities group have submitted a Concept 1 plan with the city of Alexandria to a proposal to transform Samuel Madden Public Housing site in a new mixed-use community.

Located at 401 Wythe Street in Alexandria, Virginia, the property was built in 1945. The plan, in partnership with the owner Redevelopment of Alexandria and housing authorityproposes to bring affordable, labor-friendly, market-priced housing to the Old City, along with retail, open public spaces and services provided by local non-profit organizations.

The site’s current 66 dwellings will be redeveloped into 529 apartments, more than 50% of which will be reserved for affordable housing (30-60% of area median income) and labor (60-80% AMI) .

“This project will be an essential gateway to Alexandria, an important link into the community with mixed-income housing, open public spaces, and necessary childcare and food resources for the entire neighborhood” , Noah Hale, director of development at Fairstead, told Commercial Observer. “Alexandria’s affordable housing stock has shrunk over the past decades and is a focal point for the next budget.

The Concept 1 filing begins the formal public process to obtain the necessary development approvals, and while it is reviewed by the city, the development team plans to continue meeting with community leaders, civic associations, advocacy groups neighborhood and other stakeholders to ensure a final community-led plan.

In addition to housing, the plan also includes a 10,000 square foot public park with a playground and public art, while Hopkins House, a non-profit organization that has served Alexandria since 1939, would operate a 13,000 square foot daycare and early learning center, with scholarships or sliding scale fees offered based on economic need. The site would also house a 500 square foot food pantry managed by Living.

“The opportunity to help reinvent the north end of Old Town is one we are grateful for, and we look forward to working with civic leaders and our wonderful partners to make it a reality,” Joe Mufflergeneral manager of development for Mill Creek Residential, said in a prepared statement.

Requests for comment from other developers were not immediately returned.

Keith Loria can be reached at [email protected].