South First Street Community

900-1000 South 1st St.

South First Street’s redevelopment will be conducted in three phases, bringing 175 new affordable units to CRHA’s portfolio.

South First Street Overview

Number of Units: 175

Phase 1 Amenities:

  • Community Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Office
  • Playground


Phase 2 Amenities:

  • Community Center
  • Office Room
  • Basketball Court
  • Playspaces

Built originally in September 1981, South First Street’s redevelopment process began in 2019. The property’s redevelopment will be conducted in three phases:

The first phase is almost complete and is expected to be entirely completed by the end of this summer. In the first phase, the “ballfield” at the south end of the property was replaced with a brand-new community center and 62 units in three new, affordable garden-style apartment buildings.

The existing public housing units will be developed into new townhouses and apartments in the second phase, which is expected to break ground in March 2024.

Lastly, the third phase of redevelopment is currently in the planning stages but will be developed on a small, wooded lot at the corner of Hartman’s Mill Road and South First Street. 

Redevelopment Process

The South First Street resident-engagement process formed the basis of our current approach to planning. The first phase’s planning process was extensive, and we quickly realized that incentives were needed for greater participation. With incentivization and constant polling, we identified residents’ desires and needs for redevelopment.  

South First Street phase two was much more intensive than the first and with help from BRW Architects, weekly resident planners’ groups were formed. These meetings proved essential to promoting resident engagement, data collection, and assurance that we were listening to residents’ visions.  

The Resident Led Master Planning of South First Street was documented in the three booklets below. 

Phase One: Partnerships & Funding Sources

The redevelopment of South First Street Phase One has been made possible through key partnerships with Arnold Design Studio Architecture, Breeden Construction, the Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR), the Affordable Housing Group, the Virginia Community Development Corporation, Red Light Management, South First Street Phase One, LLC.

Redevelopment is funded with various sources including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, the City of Charlottesville, the Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund, and loans and grants awarded to CRHA. 

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