The Seatack section of Virginia Beach was once home to one of the first African-American
communities in the United States. Today it is home to Atlantis Apartments, and Fairstead’s
commitment to that history can be seen in physical improvements already made and
ongoing — exterior upgrades (including a planned vegetable garden) and in-unit updates
(including energy-saving lighting and appliances) — that foretell a long-term relationship
with this community.
Equally interested in helping residents access the social services they need, Fairstead
partnered with more than 20 community organizations, and the result of these
relationships are already noticeable. “We can tell that Fairstead isn’t just the manager of a
property,” says Buddy Rivera, a local associate pastor. “People’s lives are being changed
for the better.”
One example: The Atlantis Community Day celebration hosted leaders from Virginia
Beach’s schools, churches and civic leagues. The day of music, dancing and eating
helped to build bonds that will have a lasting impact on the residents’ safety, security and
stability. Another example: Fairstead will be making an annual $25,000 donation to a local
youth opportunity program.