There is an all-for-one mindset that permeates communities in rural parts of this country. So when Fairstead purchased one such community — Heritage Acres in Suffolk, Virginia — special attention was paid to the common areas. One highlight of the major renovation was an enlargement of the community room footprint. That upgrade has paid immediate dividends: Now, a resident-led, book-lending program that once operated out of the laundry room is flourishing in a much more warm and welcoming setting.
The property-wide renovation has also included the installation of energy-efficient appliances, low-flow water fixtures, and new flooring in each apartment; the replacement of roofing and HVAC systems; and UFAS accessibility upgrades. In-unit improvements spotlight fully rehabbed bathrooms and kitchens, which boast new cabinetry and energy-saving stainless, steel appliances. The environmentally sound approach led to significant year-over-year energy savings: 16% reduction in electricity consumption and 23% reduction in water usage.
Prior to Fairstead’s acquisition, families at Heritage Acres were without high-quality outdoor recreational areas. Today the property’s new playground and spruced-up basketball court are hubs of healthful energy.