This past July, the dramatic rehabilitation of Kippax Place Apartments began—the building’s first significant renovation since its construction in 1973. The seven-story building in Hopewell, Virginia, built as public housing by Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA), is being converted, by Community Housing Partners Corporation (CHP), to supportive housing for individuals and families at risk of homelessness.
The building—and the concept of public housing—is being reimagined from the top down: new roof, windows, doors, bathrooms, and kitchens, equipped with high-efficiency heat pumps, tankless hot water heaters, and energy efficient appliances. Through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, this is one of hundreds of formerly public housing communities around the country that is being converted to private ownership and management with rental assistance to keep rents affordable to the former public housing residents. The entire building will meet EarthCraft Platinum certification for energy efficiency. Five apartments will conform to HUD’s regulations interpreting the accessibility requirements and 10 apartments will meet VHDA’s Universal Design standards.
Construction will be completed by June 2017. Current income-qualified residents are being temporarily relocated within the property during construction. The prime location is within two blocks of Hopewell’s historic business corridor, giving residents access to a variety of services located within a one-mile radius, including the John Randolph Medical Center, a grocery store, a bank, and public bus service.
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