Reusing a school to house seniors
Baker School Senior Apartments, 100 West Baker Street
Designed by famed architect Marcelus Wright, Baker School was built in 1939 and served as an elementary school for the surrounding Jackson Ward neighborhood. The school closed in 1979 and has since served as a variety of training centers until it was closed permanently in 2014.
The building will undergo an extensive rehabilitation with all new systems and be converted to 51 senior apartments. Baker School Senior Apartments is located in the North Jackson Ward community of Richmond and is less than three blocks from Fay Towers.
Jackson Ward Apartments, 104 East Duval Street
Less than 10 minutes from Fay Towers and close to downtown Richmond is the Jackson Ward Apartments, a mixed-use, mixed-income development consisting of 154 apartments of which 72-units are designated for replacement housing for residents of RRHA’s Frederick A. Fay Towers. The remaining 82 units are affordable and market rate homes. The complex includes an onsite parking garage, new kitchen cabinets and appliances, a community room, an outdoor plaza and 6,000 square feet of commercial space. Jackson Ward is a historically African American neighborhood covering 42 city blocks that has been designated a National Historic Landmark District by the National Park Service. Significant investment has occurred in Jackson Ward during the past few years; currently under construction near the Belvedere and Broad Street edge of the neighborhood is a new $35 million Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), expected to open in 2018.