Norfolk, VA – December 14, 2023 – Lawson is proud to share that Market Heights Apartments has been recognized with the CVBIA Coasties Award for Best Affordable Apartment Community. The CVBIA Coasties Awards program recognizes excellence in new homes, remodeled homes, and apartment communities in coastal Virginia.  

“We’re so proud to receive the Coastie Award for Best Affordable Apartment Community.”, said Lawson President and CEO, Carl Hardee. “This recognition reinforces our mission to provide quality affordable housing where residents can thrive and build community.”  

Market Heights is a 164-unit, 100% affordable LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit) community in Norfolk’s St. Paul’s district, serving residents at 40%, 50%, and 60% AMI. Market Heights is the first property approved under the City of Norfolk’s new resiliency code mandating specific resilient measures that apply to flooding, energy efficiency, and building integrity, and recently entered the Elizabeth River Project River Star Business program at Commitment Level. 

Placing a primary focus on resident health, non-profit partner Hope House received a $100,000 grant from LISC Hampton Roads, powered by Sentara Health, to provide accessible fitness equipment, a telehealth booth, and mobile food pantry for residents.  

About Lawson   

At Lawson, we understand that what we do – and how we do it – affects the everyday lives of people we care about. For 50 years we’ve focused on positively impacting people, from team members and residents to investors and business partners. We manage and own approximately 4,700 apartment units and continue to grow with nearly 1,200 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 for 50 years. For more information please visit   

  About CVBIA 

Coastal Virginia Building Industry Association is a local not-for-profit trade organization representing more than 500 companies in Southeastern Virginia involved with all aspects of the residential building industry.  It is affiliated with the Home Builders Association of Virginia and the National Association of Home Builders. For more information please visit