• New development, including site selection, feasibility analysis, design, construction and stabilization
  • Acquisition of land, value-add opportunities, and select income producing assets
  • End-to-end project capabilities from land acquisition to development, construction, and property management
  • Development, acquisition and rehab of conventional and income-restricted communities including LIHTC, HUD, Section 8 and other programs offering housing subsidies
  • We specialize in complicated jobs and truly believe if we can’t get it done, no one can.

Trust our Development Team to see Your Project Through.

At Lawson, we have the expertise and confidence that comes with five decades of development success.

Lawson’s vertical integration (handling development, construction, property management and asset management) gives us a depth of knowledge that few can match. We’ve cultivated partnerships with local and state housing agencies, municipalities, lenders and design professionals. And we’re skilled at executing diverse deal structures emphasizing creativity, transparency, collaboration and the best path to a successful outcome.

Simply put, we’re experts at seeing the big picture and doing what it takes to structure and close complex deals.


  • 3+ acres
  • Minimal to moderate demolition required
  • Multifamily zoning preferred
  • We will buy your land or partner with you on development


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Let’s Talk About Your Development Project


See what our clients and partners have to say about us.

Lawson communicates clearly, operates efficiently, and performs with the highest level of integrity in the business. We have been most impressed with their ability to navigate the challenging conditional use permit process, rezoning process, and tax credit and financing process.rn
F. Gresham Wall, III
Director of Leasing and Development, Runnymede
Lawson shows what affordable housing can be – a great neighbor, an asset to the community, and a great place to live.
Andrew M. Friedman
Director of Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation

Where we operate in Virginia


Prince William, Spotsylvania & Stafford Counties


Richmond, Henrico, Goochland, Hanover & Chesterfield Counties


All Southside & Peninsula Markets

Recent Lawson Developments

Market Heights

Norfolk, VA
Completed 2023 | 164 Units

The Foundry

Richmond, VA
Completed 2022 | 200 Units

The Retreat @ Harbor Point

Norfolk, VA
Completed 2020 | 246 Units

Alexander at 1090

Richmond, VA
Completed 2020 | 96 Units

Seaside Harbor

Virginia Beach, VA
Completed 2018 | 76 Units

Baker Woods

Virginia Beach, VA
Completed 2016 | 96 Units

Upcoming Lawson Developments

Smith Ridge Commons

Roanoke, VA
In Development | Expected Completion 2025 | 216 Units

Miller’s Rest

Lynchburg, VA
Construction Started | Expected Completion 2024 | 80 Units

The Landing at Mason’s Bridge

Woodbridge, VA
Construction Started | Expected Completion 2024 | 342 Units

The View at Belle Isle

Richmond, VA
In Development | Expected Completion 2024 | 116 Units