NORFOLK, VA – June 6, 2023 – Lawson is proud to share that Market Heights Apartments in Norfolk, VA have been awarded the Home Builders Association of Virginia Multifamily Project of the Year Award. 

The HBAV Housing Excellence Awards recognize leadership, engagement, and dedication to the success of the Home Builders Association, community, and Virginia building industry. 

Market Heights is a 164-unit income restricted 100% affordable LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit) community in Norfolk’s St. Paul’s district serving residents at 40%, 50%, and 60% AMI. Seventeen apartments are handicapped accessible 504 Compliant units and 80 units are of Universal Design. All indoor and outdoor common spaces exceed accessibility standards, creating a truly inclusive community.   

The community features amenities not often associated with affordable housing including a resident community room, secure building access, elevators, fitness center, accessible playground, on-site laundry, bicycle storage, and a dog park with pet washing station. Apartment amenities include granite countertops, in-unit washer/dryer hookups, and modern kitchens with dishwasher in energy efficient Earthcraft certified buildings. 

Market Heights is the first property approved under the City of Norfolk’s new resiliency code mandating specific resilient measures applying to flooding, energy efficiency, and building integrity. The site has been raised out of the flood plain and includes a new public sidewalk that improves safety for students walking to the neighboring middle school. 

Placing a primary focus on resident health, a $100,000 grant from LISC Hampton Roads powered by Sentara health will fund a food pantry, accessible fitness equipment, and resident telehealth booth for residents. Lawson also partnered with Hope House Foundation and Volunteers of America to provide permanent on-site supportive services for residents with disabilities. 

“As a community, we are now beginning to realize that the lack of affordable housing has reached a critical point, and that we have not produced enough housing to keep up with the need.”, said Lawson Chairman, Steve Lawson.  “Affordable communities with supportive services like Market Heights are a critical component of the housing solution, but so much more needs to be done.” 


At Lawson, we understand that what we do – and how we do it – affects the everyday lives of people we care about. For more than 50 years we’ve focused on positively impacting people, from team members and residents to investors and business partners. We manage and own approximately 4,800 apartment units and continue to grow with 1,393 units in development. Our business model provides vertical integration of development, construction, property management and asset management, which enables our team of experts to add value at every stage for our partners. When you act with integrity, focus on quality and work to find creative solutions, great things are possible. It’s how we’ve done business at Lawson since 1972. For more information, please visit   


The Home Builders Association of Virginia supports and advances the building industry that provides housing for Virginians. HBAV works to accomplish its mission through advocacy, industry news and education, and membership events such as the Virginia Builders Summit & Expo and the Virginia Housing Excellence Awards. For more information, please visit