Final Batch of Low-Income Homes at Louis E. Brown Villas Come Online (Virgin Islands Housing Authority)

Date Published: 
July 9th, 2020

From the St. Croix Source:

"The last phase of the Louis E. Brown Villas is now complete and 90 hurricane-resilient, family apartments are ready for occupancy, according to the V.I. Housing Authority.

These join 102 family units completed in 2011 and 40 completed in 2013, all developed by McCormack Baron Salazar. According to a news release from the Housing Authority, the total development cost for all 232 units was $80.7 million and included financing support from VIHA.

The new two-story apartments feature an energy-efficient appliance package, ceiling fans, ceramic tile flooring, cable TV hook-ups and window blinds. Each apartment was designed for optimal airflow and cross ventilation, with low volatile organic compound interior paint and non-vinyl, non-carpet flooring for better air quality. There is an outdoor recreational field, meandering sidewalks for daily strolls, an area for small children, fencing, parking controls, community room, exercise facility, business center with a computer lab, library, central laundry facility and on-site management offices.

The property offers 108 off-street parking spaces. And the community employs a full-time supportive services coordinator to help residents access health care and other support systems to improve their quality of life.

“Together with our partners, we have bounced back from two Category 5 hurricanes to completely transform the old Louis E. Brown with an attractive affordable housing model for today,” Housing Authority Director Robert Graham said in a statement. “Every resident deserves this quality of housing to nurture their families, and with the support of Gov. Bryan, we are on a roll to revitalize all of our communities on St. Croix,” he said."

Read the St. Croix Source's article "Final Batch of Low-Income Homes at Louis E. Brown Villas Come Online," featuring the Virgin Islands Housing Authority. 

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