Quinn Evans joined Homes for America, Maryland state and county officials, project partners, and residents to celebrate the grand opening of the highly anticipated Homes at Oxon Hill affordable living community for seniors on June 14. The Housing Authority of Prince George’s County and Foundation Development Group are contributors for the project. Quinn Evans led the architectural design in partnership with Harkins Builders, Min Engineering, Wolfman & Associates Engineering, Soltesz, Pando Alliance, Arc Environmental, Lenhardt Rodgers, and Humphrey Management.
“Today’s grand opening is a testament to Homes for America’s unwavering mission of providing exceptional housing and supportive services to create thriving communities and enrich lives. We are deeply committed to residents of our communities and to ensuring that our properties serve as valued additions to the neighborhoods they belong to. With the opening of Homes at Oxon Hill, we take another significant step towards fulfilling this mission,” said Dana Johnson, president and CEO for Homes for America.
Additional remarks were given by State Senator C. Anthony Muse, Maryland State Delegates Jamila Woods and Veronica L. Turner, and County Councilmember Krystal Oriadha (District 7).
The brand new 163-unit five-story elevator building is the first Homes for America development in Prince George’s County, MD (PGC) and offers one- and two-bedroom units at or below 60% AMI and market-rate apartment homes. This project re-utilizes land on a previously developed site located on the border between Washington, D.C. and PGC. Our design offers friendly street level commercial and public access on Southern Avenue, and a more private, residential feel protected off of Wheeler Hills Road. The building is all electric with no combustion equipment, reducing operational carbon emissions compared to a building with natural gas. Efficient heat-pump mechanical systems coupled with an Energy Recovery Ventilator system maximizes operational energy efficiency.
The building is designed with a focus on health and wellness by creating opportunities for resident engagement with nature; the residential front opens to a central green space with both external and internal amenities facing a garden. The senior residences will supplement several commercial and retail developments planned in the neighborhood, as well as future single-family residential housing, to create a lively urban area with plenty of amenities for active seniors. Residents will also be able to take advantage of a large public greenspace to the south of the site and a nearby Metro stop.
Financing for Homes at Oxon Hill comes from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development who provided $24.6m tax exempt bonds enhanced by Fannie Mae and Citi Bank, which also provided a construction loan; $12.8m of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, syndicated by Enterprise Community Partners; $3.5m of Rental Housing Works funds; $600k Partnership funds and $489k of MEEHA Grant funds. Prince Georges County Department of Housing and Community Development provided $1.5m in HOME funds. Housing Authority of Prince George’s County owns the ground lease.
For more information on the Homes at Oxon Hill or to inquire about available apartments, visit the community website.