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Fairstead Hosts Community Day Celebration at Woodside Gardens Apartments

Press Release | 10/30/23

Fairstead employee handing popcorn to residents

Woodside Gardens Residents, Property Owner and Manager Fairstead and Government Officials Came Together to Celebrate Recently-Completed Renovations with a Ribbon Cutting

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (October 25, 2023) – Fairstead, a purpose-driven, vertically integrated real estate company committed to sustainable development and the creation and preservation of high-quality housing, hosted a community day and ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday at Woodside Gardens Apartments in celebration of recently completed renovations at the development.

Woodside Gardens, a 144-unit affordable housing development owned and managed by Fairstead, recently completed major renovations totaling $15 million, along with the construction of a new 2,300 square-foot community building. The renovations brought a new picnic area and accessible parking spaces to the site, new roofs, electrical service and HVAC to the buildings, and in-unit renovations such as new appliances, flooring and fixtures. The community building provides space for the property management offices, Social Services office, a classroom for student after-school activities, a computer room for residents, and accessible laundry, restrooms and a community room.

Approximately one hundred residents attended the event, where they enjoyed a range of family-friendly activities and entertainment, including music, face painting and a bounce house. Attendees also enjoyed a barbeque meal and had access to resources from a variety of local community organizations.

“Woodside Gardens holds a special place in this community, and we at Fairstead are honored to be stewards of both its past and its future,” said Chris Manning, Vice President of Public Affairs, Fairstead. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the transformation taking place here, and we look forward to all the new opportunities that will come with these improvements. We want to thank our residents for their patience and their partnership throughout this renovation process.”

“The Woodside Gardens residents took the time to gather people together and make sure their voices were heard, and Fairstead was willing to listen and do the work,” said Anne Arundel County Council Member Lisa Rodvien. “I’m grateful to see this day arrive, and I’m so happy for the community.”

“I’d like to thank Fairstead for investing in our community. This development was well overdue for a facelift, and the approach that was taken was phenomenal, said Annapolis Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson (Ward 4). “The new community center is a tremendous asset, providing residents with space for workshops, courses, and other opportunities for growth.”

Woodside Gardens is composed of 13 garden-style apartment buildings containing 2 and 3-bedroom units. The development contains 8 units that were renovated and reconfigured to comply with UFAS & ANSI Type A accessibility requirements, and 7 additional units are now designated for the hearing and visually impaired as required by the MD Accessibility code & City of Annapolis.

The renovations at Woodside Gardens began in April 2022, and were completed in early October 2023.

Press Release|Fairstead Hosts Community Day Celebration at Woodside Gardens Apartments|10/30/23