Jube B. Shiver Sr., 88, pioneering N.Va. real estate developer, dies at 88

By Lauren Wiseman Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 11, 2010; 3:55 PM

Jube B. Shiver Sr., 88, a Northern Virginia real estate developer who built Fairfax County's first federally subsidized low- to moderate-income apartment project and had two county streets named after him, died Nov. 20 at his home in Alexandria. He had a heart attack.

In 1967, Mr. Shiver developed Spring Garden Apartments, a 209-unit, low-income housing complex on Richmond Highway near Alexandria. It was the first low-income housing project in Fairfax County to receive federal funds.

The project came five years after Mr. Shiver embarked on his first real estate project, Randall Estates. He developed the Alexandria subdivision after persuading a Virginia farmer and retired utility company worker, William H. Randall, to divide his land into more than 40 lots.

Mr. Shiver sold the lots to middle-class African American families, making Randall Estates one of the first all-black middle-class neighborhoods in Northern Virginia.

During the early 1970s, Mr. Shiver built Gum Springs Glen, a senior-living community for moderate-income residents; the First Baptist Church in Falls Church; and the old Bell Atlantic telephone facility in Alexandria.

Jube Burrell Shiver was born July 16, 1922, in Eastover, S.C., and was a 1942 graduate of the old Armstrong Technical High School in Washington. He received a bachelor's degree from Virginia Union University in 1953 and a master's degree in education administration from George Washington University in 1965. He served in the Army during World War II.

Early in his career, Mr. Shiver was a public school teacher in Halifax County, Va., Manassas and Alexandria. He started in the real estate business in the early 1960s after facing racial discrimination when he tried to buy his first home. He told his family that in the late 1950s and early 1960s he had a hard time getting a loan in Northern Virginia and was turned down by more than 10 banks. He finally secured a loan for Randall Estates from a bank in the District.

Today, two streets in Fairfax County are named after him, Shiver Drive and Jube Court.

During the late 1960s, Mr. Shiver served on the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority. He was a member of the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority from 1990 to 1994.

A daughter, Jacqueline D. Shiver, died in 1998.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mildred Leigh Shiver of Fairfax County; a son, Jube B. Shiver Jr. of Alexandria; and two grandsons.

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