Ramsey Homes Hearing
The Alexandria City Council will hold a public hearing on the appeal of a ruling by the city’s Board of Architectural Review (BAR) that denied permission to demolish Ramsey Homes, 15 units of affordable housing owned by the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA). ARHA states that the buildings suffer from deferred maintenance and the cost of renovating them would be equal to the cost to rebuild. ARHA has proposed developing 53 units of affordable housing on the site, with one-third of the units serving extremely low income households, and the remaining units serving those who earn 60% of the area median income.
In denying a permit to abolish the units, the BAR noted the location of the units in the Parker-Gray Historic District and their significance in the history of housing for African Americans in the city. The buildings were constructed in 1940 to provide housing for African Americans who were working for the US government on the war effort, and the structures have been modified several times.