On May 9th, the Windy Hill Foundation and Flatiron Partners celebrated the official opening of Heronview Apartments, a workforce housing development located in the new Kincora planned community conveniently located where Route 28 meets Route 7 in Sterling, Virginia. Representatives from Windy Hill Foundation, Flatiron Partners, GEM Management, local and regional public officials as well as new residents of Heronview were on-hand for the ribbon cutting celebration. Over 60 people attended the opening.
“Heronview personifies a new level of excellence in affordable housing”, said Hollis Fitch, Managing Partner of Flatiron Partners. “With high quality construction and state of the art amenities, the deserving residents of Loudoun County have a safe and attainable place to call home.”
Windy Hill Executive Director Bob Dale spoke on behalf of Windy Hill Foundation “We are thankful for all the partners who have made this project possible. We also appreciate the public officials who stand behind us in Loudoun County. Heronview is a workforce housing community we can all be proud of.”
Kim Hart, of Good Works and formally Windy Hill Foundation, provided the attendees with a detailed history of the project with an inception going back 11 years. Kim noted “This project took a long time to finish but the incredibly fast lease-up illustrates the fact that the demand for affordable, workforce housing is greater than ever.”
Public officials who spoke at the event included Loudoun County Board of Supervisor’s Chair at Large, Phyllis Randall, who restated her strong commitment to housing all of Loudoun’s workforce; Ron Meyer, Representing the Broad Run District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; and Senator Jennifer Boysko of the 33rd Senate District of Virginia. Each one addressing affordable housing as an important issue for the future of Loudoun.
Opening on April 18th we have already moved-in 47 families have moved into their new homes as of the Grand Opening on May 9th. The entire 96 units are predicted to be occupied by the end of the month. Attendees to the opening toured one of the three-bedroom townhomes and viewed the community room and fitness area. A catered lunch by local caterer Johnny Ray’s Sultry Soul Food provided lunch.
About Heronview: A joint-partnership between Windy Hill Foundation and Flatiron Partners, Heronview will provide 96 units of affordable and workforce housing in the heart of Loudoun County. Heronview will offer spacious, energy efficient one, two-and three-bedroom apartment homes. Floorplans include both garden style and townhomes. Heronview amenities will include a smoke-free community, 24-hour fitness center, social gathering spaces, a community laundry room, computer lab, and on-site property management. In addition to the onsite amenities, Heronview residents will have access to all Kincora has to offer including miles of winding nature trails along the Broad Run.
Potential residents can contact GEM Management at 571-926-8440 for application information. GEM Management is committed to fair housing, providing an equal opportunity for all people, in compliance with all federal, state and local fair housing laws.
About Windy Hill Foundation: Windy Hill Foundation provides safe, decent affordable housing to low-and-lower income families and older adults in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, and encourages self-improvement and self-sufficiency of its residents. Windy Hill Foundation is a 501c3 organization located in Middleburg Virginia.
About Flatiron Partners: Flatiron Partners is an industry-leading real estate developer of affordable housing with development projects located throughout the southeast. Over the past five years, the company has been responsible for developing and rehabilitating more than 1800 units across 25 properties. The company has been successful by working strategically with local government partners and nonprofits to bring award-winning affordable housing properties to communities which meet their affordable housing objectives. Flatiron Partners is based in Charlotte, NC and has active development projects in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
About GEM Management: GEM Management is a full-service property management services provider that specializes in multifamily affordable housing properties. GEM has more than 27 years of experience managing affordable housing communities with multiple layers of programs and funding sources throughout the southeastern United States. GEM currently has approximately 250 properties hosting more than 10,000 units under management. GEM Management is based in Charlotte, NC.
About Kincora: Kincora will hold a 6.7 million-square-foot mixed-use development in keeping with the Keynote Employment master plan for the area, which is intended to stimulate the development of high-quality employment settings and transform the Route 28 corridor to one of greater density, with a synergistic mix of uses, that is more pedestrian and transit friendly, and is sustainable in design and function. Kincora will also add significantly to the transportation infrastructure that is being developed for Loudoun County’s crossroads of commerce and knowledge.
Attached photo includes from left to right: Charlie Irick, Darren Swanson, Anderea Gonzalez, Ed Delaney, Ron Meyer, Kim Hart, Chair Phyllis Randall, Joe Boling, Bob Dale, Senator Jennifer Boysko and Hollis Fitch