Mayor Bobby Dyer joined Virginia legislators, business leaders and nonprofit partners to celebrate Seaside Harbor, Virginia Beach’s newest affordable housing with a special purpose. Developed by The Lawson Companies and Samaritan House, Seaside Harbor utilized Virginia Housing and Development Authority Special Initiative Pool funding to create a unique housing opportunity serving multiple purposes, including families with developmental disabilities, families with accessibility needs and for the workforce at the Oceanfront.
Seaside Harbor is located at 509 18th St. in the ViBe Creative District, and replaced two aging 1960s-era complexes owned by Samaritan House. The previous 39 units were no longer economical to maintain, however they still provided much needed flow of rental income essential to operate Samaritan House’s programs and services for the community.
After three years of searching for funding and interviewing developers, the Samaritan House board of directors selected The Lawson Companies. Lawson secured funding to make Seaside Harbor a reality and followed “green” energy-efficient construction to receive an EarthCraft certification.