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Hazel Hill Apartments

Hazel Hill Apartments, a 100 percent project-based Section 8 property, was built in 1971 and had twice failed HUD inspections by 2004. The owner was facing foreclosure and the residents, many of whom had lived in their homes for 30 years, were facing displacement as the area's housing prices rose rapidly. NHT/Enterprise acquired Hazel Hill in 2004 and secured the financing needed to complete $7 million in property renovations. In addition to making physical improvements, NHT/Enterprise took a comprehensive approach to revitalizing the community by developing a resident services and community safety program.

The involvement of a variety of local, state, and federal partners was key to the successful preservation of Hazel Hill. HUD agreed to renew the property's Section 8 contract for 20 years, the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority issued more than $8 million in tax-exempt private activity bonds, Enterprise Community Investments invested $4.7 million in low income housing tax credit equity, and the Virginia Foundation for Housing and Preservation provided a $75,000 no interest soft loan.

Substantial renovations were completed at Hazel Hill, including new roofs, windows, canopies, central air conditioning, water heaters, carpeting, kitchens, 5 new laundry rooms, and landscaping. A new community building with a computer lab and multipurpose meeting room was also added.

In addition to physical improvements, a resident services coordinator was hired to facilitate programs that have improved residents' quality of life. Children now have access to many enrichment and recreational opportunities. They can work on homework in the computer lab, play on the property's new playground or participate in after school activities. An on site nurse provides medical assistance that is often needed by the elderly and disabled residents. She also teaches classes on health related issues such as nutrition, pre- and post-natal care, and infant and child care development.

In an effort to further strengthen the Hazel Hill community, NHT/Enterprise agreed to donate $50,000 to the city to fund a community-based policing program. Two police officers monitor Hazel Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods and involve residents in solving safety and community concerns.