530 Day Avenue
Restoration Housing’s first affordable housing project was 530 Day Avenue, a circa 1891 Queen Anne home located in Southwest Historic District. It had been last used as a five-unit flophouse and had suffered years of deferred maintenance, sitting vacant for 10 years. At the time of Restoration Housing’s acquisition in 2015, the house was in a complete state of disrepair with floors almost entirely missing; walls bare to the studs; windows boarded up; unsecured 2×4 pieces of lumbar providing the sole support for the porch roof.
After securing historic tax credits Restoration Housing embarked on a year-long restoration, repairing or replacing in-kind all historic features and adding modern living amenities. Completed in 2016, two affordable housing units for workforce* families were created featuring new kitchens and bathrooms; in-unit laundry; outdoor living space; and off-street parking.
*Under 80% of Area Median Income.
1018 Patterson Avenue
Restoration Housing’s second affordable housing project was 1018 Patterson Avenue, a circa 1915 vernacular foursquare home located in the Southwest Historic District. It had been a mismanaged rental property in a severe state of disrepair for decades when Restoration Housing took ownership in 2016. While still occupied by previous tenants, the house was structurally unsound with holes in the walls, ceilings, and floors, in addition to exposed wires and inadequate heating and cooling systems.
A year-long restoration commenced with the stabilization and demolition of substandard modern material. All historic features were restored or replaced in-kind along with the addition of modern living amenities. Completed in April 2018, two affordable housing units for low-income* families were created featuring new kitchens and bathrooms, in-unit laundry, outdoor living space, and off-street parking.
*Under 60% of the Area Medium Income.
326 Dale Avenue
Restoration Housing’s current project is 326 Dale Avenue, a circa 1891 Queen Anne home that once belonged to one of Roanoke’s earliest mayors, Sylvester Seifert. After years of deferred maintenance by previous owners, the property was acquired by a preservation-minded buyer who generously gifted it to Restoration Housing in the fall of 2018. Construction began in the fall of 2019, with plans to create four Permanent Supportive Housing units for previously homeless individuals. This will be Restoration Housing’s first project in the newly created Belmont Historic District in Southeast Roanoke.
820 Dale Avenue
Restoration Housing’s fifth project will be 820 Dale Avenue, a circa 1899 Folk Victorian home located in the Belmont Historic District. This property will become Restoration Housing’s first affordable, single-family rental. We are currently in the pre-development phase and look forward to construction beginning in Fall 2020.