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Press Release from The Redevelopment Authority of Prince George's County, Maryland. 
REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING OF A $34 MILLION SENIOR APARTMENT COMPLEX

August 28, 2020                                   

Largo, MD ---- The Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County (RDA) serves as the Master Developer of the Towne Square at Suitland Federal Center and is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of the next major development project at the Towne Square, the Suitland Senior Apartments.

“We are Prince George’s Proud that the Suitland Seniors Apartments project is officially underway, which will provide quality and affordable housing for our County’s seniors,” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. “The Towne Square at Suitland Federal Center will be a vibrant, mixed-used development that will attract quality retail to the area, and we are excited that this development project and so many others continue to move forward across the County as we work to recover from this pandemic stronger than we’ve ever been before.”

The Suitland Senior Apartments is a new $34 million complex with 137-units that will serve individuals age 62 years and over. It will feature a rooftop terrace, a yoga room, fitness center, game room and club room. Laundry rooms will be located on each floor and 21 units will have in-unit washers and dryers. The building is designed to meet strict “green criteria,” which includes Energy Star appliances and other measures, resulting in healthy homes with low utility costs.

“We are excited about the addition of this new state-of-the-art apartment complex for seniors,” said Stephen Paul, Executive Director of the RDA. “The Towne Square at Suitland Federal Center is a pedestrian-friendly community and seniors will have a wealth of amenities right at their front door.”

The building will have 72 units at 50% Average Median Income (AMI) rents, 45 units at 60% AMI, 16 units at 80% AMI, and 4 units that are unrestricted, or market rate. The project will take advantage of the new income averaging law so that the 80% units will qualify under the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. Pre-leasing will begin in October 2021 and the complex’s completion date is early 2022.

Upon completion, the Towne Square at Suitland Federal Center will be an active and vibrant mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented community that enhances the lifestyles of residents of the immediate and surrounding neighborhoods. The site is part of a mixed-use subdivision consisting of 219 town houses, 538 market rate multi-family units, 137 senior units, 80,000 square feet of retail and up to 50,000 square feet of public uses including an arts center and public plaza. The Towne Square at Suitland Federal Center site is approximately 25 acres and is located a half mile from the Suitland Metro Station and across the street from the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters.

The development team for the Suitland Senior Apartments includes Mission First Housing Development Corporation, The Henson Development Company and the L.A. Bolden Company. The development team is partnering with the White Rose Foundation, a 501©3 organization and part of The Links, Inc., to provide office space in the building to specifically serve Suitland area seniors. RDA is the land owner for the Towne Square at Suitland Federal Center and has established a long-term lease with Mission First Housing Development Corporation.

For more information contact: Alexis Revis Yeoman  (301) 758-5300, aryeoman@co.pg.md.us 



Suitland Positioning for Growth in the Senior Housing Market

The Washington Informer - November 2, 2017, Click Here to Read the Article, Page 12

 


Groundbreaking for The Belnor, a new senior residential community, could mark a new trend in Prince George’s County

Washington, DC - September 13, 2017

On Thursday, September 14th at 10:30 AM, a groundbreaking ceremony will occur to celebrate the start of construction for The Belnor, a 122-unit building for seniors over age 62 at 3800 St. Barnabas Road in Suitland, MD. The building will be a state-of-the-art residential community which will provide not only an affordable, quality housing option for seniors, but also a stimulus for additional development in Prince George’s County and specifically, in Suitland – a neighborhood directly adjacent to Washington, DC.

Mission First Housing Development Corporation, a non-profit with over 25 years of experience, is leading the development of The Belnor, along with local developers L.A.Bolden Company and Henson Development Company. As a developer of many housing properties in Washington, DC, including The Severna on K, a 133 unit, mixed income building located on K Street Northwest, and House of Lebanon, an 82 unit, mixed income building located on O Street Northwest, The Belnor is the first development for Mission First in Prince George’s County. Sarah Constant, the Managing Director for Mission First, said “Mission First is committed to developing quality housing at affordable rent levels in all communities. Seeing the need for additional new housing stock in Suitland, along with the County’s commitment to ensure affordable housing, made it easy to select Prince George’s County for new development.” Moreover, according to Lisa Bolden, the founder of L.A.Bolden Company, “developing The Belnor in Suitland is smart business due to the fact that Suitland has a large and growing seniors’ population”. A Maryland DHCD BRAC Study for Prince George’s County found “the Suitland submarket has the highest number of senior householders among all of the County submarkets, and only 25.5% of those households can be accommodated in age restricted units.”

Creating housing options which are affordable is exceptionally challenging in DC and Prince George’s County. The Belnor will have one bedroom units with rents averaging $970, versus market rents in the DC metropolitan area which average $2,155. In addition to providing an attractive building with affordable rents, The Belnor will have lots of amenities such as a fitness center, resident garden, cybercafé, and a putting green. “Prince George’s County seniors deserve affordable housing options that meet and exceed their present needs,” said Prince George’s County Council Member Karen R. Toles. “We are seeing incredible revitalization in our District 7 communities and The Belnor Senior Residences will be a welcome addition to the Suitland area, providing our senior residents with the types of amenities and resources they want and deserve.”

Achieving affordable rent levels was made possible through a complex array of financing instruments including tax exempt bonds, FHA-insured debt, Federal Home Loan Bank grants, tax credit equity from Capital One Bank and low-interest and deferred loans from the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development and the State of Maryland’s Community Development Administration. Eric Brown, the Director of Prince George’s County Housing and Community Development said: “We are delighted to work with our development partners to help bring projects like The Belnor to Prince George’s County. Strong partnerships, good communications and hard work are the keys to a successful outcome. The development and construction of new affordable housing enables our seniors to live in safe and beautiful communities and enjoy their surroundings.” “The Prince George’s County DHCD and Maryland CDA did everything right when it comes to welcoming developers and providing the financial tools necessary for success,” said Dan Henson, the co-developer for The Belnor.

The Groundbreaking for The Belnor is an event defined by many as a prelude to an intensified pace of development activity in the Suitland community. To celebrate the event, notables expected to attend include Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, District 7 Council Member Karen R. Toles, DHCD Director Eric Brown, Christine Jenkins, the Director of the DC Field Office for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Brien O’Toole, the Deputy Director for the Maryland Community Development Administration.

For More Information, contact either Lisa Bolden at 470-298-7766 or Elizabeth Everhart at 202-223-3405.