Friendship Court Apartments, formerly known as Garrett Square, is a 150-unit apartment complex of 22 buildings on 11.75 acres southwest of Charlottesville’s downtown business district and within the City’s Strategic Investment Area (SIA). The property was built in 1978 with project-based Section 8 assistance. In 2002, Piedmont Housing Alliance and National Housing Trust/Enterprise Preservation Corporation (NHT/E) partnered to acquire and renovate the property.
In 2019, Piedmont Housing will become the managing partner for the community, and will have decision-making authority with regard to property management, services, and the business affairs of the partnership, and will have the opportunity to acquire the property.
Redevelopment by Piedmont Housing Alliance
The first funding (Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) application for the Friendship Court redevelopment was completed in March 2018.
Advisory committee members
Since February 2016, the Friendship Court Advisory Committee, with nine elected resident members and six members of the at-large community provide guidance to Piedmont Housing Alliance. The Friendship Court Advisory Committee generally meets on the fourth Thursday of every month. The location varies and meetings are held in the evenings at Friendship Court and other locations around town.
- Kathy Galvin, member of Charlottesville City Council
- Mike Murphy, Assistant City Manager
- Bill Edgerton, FAIA of the Oak Hill Fund
- Kevin White, an assistant vice president at National Housing Trust (NHT-Enterprise)
- Sarah McLean, RN of the Adiuvans Foundation
- Myrtle Houchens, a former resident and a member of First Baptist Church
Residents were elected from among current tenants.
- Sheri Hopper, Resident
- Angela Brooks, Resident
- Crystal Johnson, Resident
- Zafar Khan, Resident
- Betty Lowry, Resident
- Tyquan Mayo, Resident
- Daemond Nowlin, Resident
- Yolonda Ross, Resident
- Tamara Wright, Resident
Former advisory committee members
- Daphne Kaiser, PhD, principal of Clark Elementary School
- Quanelius Tinsley, Resident
Advisory committee members in 2018
- Susan Dewey, Executive Director, VHDA
- Melissa Yuille, Housing Counseling Manager, PHA
- Erica Johnson, Director of Development, PHA
- Crystal Johnson, Friendship Court Advisory Committee and Resident
- Angela Brooks, Friendship Court Advisory Committee and Resident
- Sunshine Mathon, Executive Director, PHA
- Frank Stoner, Board President, PHA
- Karen Klick, Deputy Director, PHA
- Erik Johnston, Director, DHCD
Friendship Court Phase 1
Phase 1 will consist of three buildings that will create 106 units constructed on the existing open space at the community. The buildings will be broken out as outlined below: 
- Buildings 1 & 2: 35 stacked, 2-over-2 townhomes and stacked flats. 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom units, each with a individual front and back doors to the outside, dedicated surface parking spots near the back doors. (Buildings 1 will contain maintenance offices for the entire property.)
- Building 3: 71 apartment units, covered parking garage beneath the building, 9,000 square feet of amenity and office space. Apartments will be single story units, arranged along central corridors on four floors served by 2 elevators.
On June 13, 2018 a preliminary site plan for the entire 11.75 acre site was submitted to the City of Charlottesville. This is the first of many submissions that will be made to the City for review and approval.
Friendship Court Phase 2
Phase 2 will also be 106 units and will be built following the demolition of 46 existing units. A hundred will be affordable rental units and six will be for home ownership. There will be tiered layers of affordability. Tier one will consist of 54 Section 8 units. Tier two will consist of 23 units for households making between #30 and 60 percent of the area median income. Tier three will be for households between 60 percent ad 80 percent of AMI. 
|1||June 21, 2019||VHDA / LIHTC||$15,888,440||Low Income Housing Tax Credit||Tax credits redeemable annually over 10 years||2019 LIHTC Final Rankings, VHDA|
|1||2019||VHDA SPARC/REACH||$4,120,000||Below-market loan||Noted in LIHTC application|
|1||2019||VHDA||$5,076,718||Loan||Balance of VHDA loan noted in LIHTC application after SPARC/REACH|
|1||2019||Piedmont Housing Alliance /||$1,000,000||Sponsor Loan||Owner equity|
|1||October 19, 2020||City of Charlottesville||$6,000,000||Tax abatement||On tax increment, up to 40 years or total amount is met||Performance Agreement|
|1||October 19, 2020||City of Charlottesville||$5,545,159||Forgivable loan||Loan period of 40 years. Requires 99 years affordability.||Ordinance Authorizing Forgivable Loan|
|1||February 11, 2020||DHCD / ASNH||$2,000,000||Deferred principal loan||Affordable and Special Needs Housing program
|1||July 8, 2021||DHCD / ASNH||$1,500,000||Deferred principal loan||Home Innovations In Energy Efficiency (HIEE)||Press Release|
|1||July 8, 2021||DHCD / ASNH||$200,000||Deferred principal loan||National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF)||Press Release|
|1||July 8, 2021||DHCD / ASNH||$200,000||Deferred principal loan||Virginia Housing Trust Fund (VHTF)||Press Release|
|1||2021||Perry Foundation||$333,000||Grant||For construction of the Early Learning and Community Center||Press Release|
|1||August 31, 2021||Early Childhood Funders Network||$667,000||Grant||For construction of the Early Learning and Community Center
|1||2021||VHDA / LIHTC||$1,500,000||Low Income Housing Tax Credit||Supplemental LIHTC allocation. Equates to $1,364,863 in equity.|
|Friendship Court Infrastructure Improvements||$1,540,000||$2,000,000||$2,500,000|
|Friendship Court Redevelopment - Phase 1||$4,005,159||$394,841|
|Friendship Court Redevelopment - Phase 2||$750,000||$2,500,000|
|Friendship Court Redevelopment - Phase 3||$750,000||$2,500,000|
|Friendship Court Redevelopment - Phase 4||$4,500,000|
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