VIHA and MDG Design + Construction Conclude on Preserving Affordable Housing Development

The Walter IM Hodge Pavilion will undergo repairs with recently committed federal funds. (Photo by Office of Disaster Recovery submitted in 2021)

As part of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, the Walter IM Hodge Pavilion rehabilitation will protect and upgrade 248 quality affordable housing units and provide new facilities to support residents.

Recently, the Virgin Islands Housing Authority (VIHA) and MDG Design + Construction (MDG) celebrated the start of the $116.7 million rehabilitation of the Walter IM Hodge Pavilion, a 248-unit affordable housing development in St. Croix, USVI . The project will preserve affordability for residents, modernize the development and strengthen the site’s resilience to natural disasters.

The project is the first in VIHA’s long-term plan to renovate and rebuild its affordable housing portfolio throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Located at the corner of Centerline Road and Sandy Point Road in Frederiksted, St. Croix, and originally built in 1971, the project suffered extensive damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, Hodge will receive critical investments to improve operational efficiencies and improve residents’ quality of life while remaining affordable.

Those in attendance for the Walter IM Hodge Pavilion Revitalization Groundbreaking Ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, June 24, at the corner of Centerline Road and Sandy Point Road in Frederiksted, St. Croix, include:

Governor Albert Bryan Jr., Senator Marvin Blyden, Senator Genevieve Whitaker, Senate Speaker Donna Frett-Gregory, Office of Disaster Recovery Director Adrienne L. Williams-Octalien, Antonio Córdova, HUD Caribbean Director Office of Public Housing Robert Graham, Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Housing Authority Dayna Clendinen and Acting Executive Director of the Virgin Islands Finance Authority.

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Abdul J. Gaspar