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Grand Opening of The Lewis Apartments in Suitland, MD

by Mission First Housing

On Tuesday, August 16, State and County Officials joined Mission First Housing Group to celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting for The Lewis Apartments, a large senior affordable housing development at 2901 Toles Park Drive, Suitland, MD.

Mission First’s CEO Thomas Queenan and SVP of Real Estate Development Sarah Constant were joined by Ed Barnett of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Angie Rodgers of Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development, Stephen J. Paul of The Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County, Nic Cober of CJR Development Partners, Jeanne Fields of Fulton Bank, N.A., Kelly Mahoney of R4 Capital; Lisa Bolden of L.A. Bolden Company and Gloria Lawlah of White Rose Foundation to offer remarks and congratulations on the project. Many new residents, project partners and community members also came out to celebrate.

In partnership, Mission First Housing Group, The Henson Development Company, and the L.A. Bolden Company responded to the Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority (RDA) re 2016-6 in August of 2016 and were selected to develop The Lewis Apartments – a brand-new senior (age 62+) 137-apartment housing community.

The Lewis Apartments is named for John Lewis, the late civil rights activist and long-time politician. This six-story building is part of a vibrant pedestrian-oriented neighborhood created through the Towne Square at Suitland Federal Center redevelopment, an initiative of the Prince Georges County RDA that includes townhouses, retail and residential development.

The Lewis features sleek kitchens with brand-new, stainless-steel Energy Star appliances and granite countertops, with an open concept living space. Residents will enjoy a rooftop terrace, yoga room, fitness center, party room and club room. Laundry rooms are located on each floor, with adjacent lounges. The building is energy efficient which results in healthy homes with low utility costs.

The project takes advantage of the new income averaging law so that 97% of the units will qualify under the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. The Lewis Apartments provides affordable housing for seniors with 72 apartments at 50% AMI rents, 45 apartments at 60% AMI rents, 16 apartments at 80% AMI rents, and 4 apartments that are unrestricted or market rate.

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