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Work begins on second phase of apartments
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
Feb 17, 2014, 13:44

BLAKE BELDEN/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Phase one of Puddledock Place Apartments is projected to be completed by the end of this summer.

PRINCE GEORGE — Contractors have broken ground on the second phase of a $20 million apartment complex in Prince George County, projected to offer a total 156 units of affordable housing by fall of this year.

Puddledock Place Apartments are located at 1910 Fine St., just off of Temple Avenue, between Fort Lee and Southpark Mall in Colonial Heights, and right down the street from the Appomattox Small Boat Harbor.

The Humanities Foundation, a nonprofit housing developer based in South Carolina, began development on the first phase of Puddledock Place Apartments in the summer of 2013.

Affected only minimally by recent weather conditions, the first phase is still expected to be completed by the summer of 2014, consisting of 84 separate units over a total of 101,499 square feet, offering two- and three-bedroom units, said Shane Doran, spokesperson for Humanities Foundation.

The second phase, valued at more than $9.2 million, is comprised of 72 apartment units with a total of 78,500 square feet, offered in one- , two- or three-bedroom units.

Doran said that the site has already received a wealth of interest, pushing them to already establish a waiting list for lease signings, something they usually don’t formulate until about 90 days from construction completion.

“We had so many people drop by the construction trailer wanting to get on the waiting list that we’ve actually had our manager come make a few trips up there ... gathering up appointments and phone calls. ... We have a strong waiting list, stronger than our normal demand,” Doran said.

Doran attributes the wide source of surrounding community attractions as a compelling factor for the complex’s early  success.

“Anytime you’ve got people knocking on the construction trailer dying to rent a unit, you know you’re doing [well]. I just think that’s a good area for it,” Doran said.

Humanities Foundation won’t legally sign any leases until much closer to the actual construction completion, which Doran estimates won’t happen until approximately 60 days before site completion.

Each unit will have a refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, ceiling fans and a washer/dryer hookup.

The complex will include a number of amenities, including on-site management, a laundry facility, a clubhouse, a fitness center, playground and computer center.

The apartments have been funded through Low Income Tax Credits administered by the Virginia Housing Development Authority, and Connelly Builders is the contractor working on the development, according to a press release from the Humanities Foundation.

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