Queen's Court in Rosslyn is Approved for Redevelopment

In a process that began with Arlington County in late 2016, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing received site plan approval at the February 2017 meeting of the County Board to redevelop an existing APAH property with 39 aging units into a 12 story tower with 249 Committed Affordable (CAF) units.

The Queen's Court redevelopment does double duty by serving to increase the supply of affordable housing under the Affordable Housing Master Plan and as a key anchor in the mixed-use planned community adopted under the Western Rosslyn Area Plan. The site will include the 249 Committed Affordable units, two below-grade parking levels, and a public playground.

Construction is expected to be underway on the site in 2019, pending final approval of an Affordable Housing Investment Fund loan from Arlington County.





"Missing middle" housing gallery

AHS's Missing Middle Housing Gallery has completed its initial "tour" of Arlington---from the Clarendon Ballroom (for the 2016 Leckey Forum) to the Arlington Mill and Langston Brown Community Centers, and finally, the lobby of the Arlington County building in late November--December 2016. Special thanks to the Geary--O'Hara Family Foundation, Arlington County's Community Planning, Housing and Development Division, and the Lee Highway Alliance for supporting and assisting these events.

You can now browse the gallery below. Click on the intro panel images for printable versions and on any "missing middle" thumbnail mage for a larger view showing plans or other details. (For more on the "missing middle" concept, see Daniel Parolek's keynote and slide presentation.)

Please respect that the designs displayed in this gallery are covered by copyright. They are used here by AHS with permission. Link here for contact information for all of the designs on display. (Link to printable versions of introductory panel 1 and panel 2 just below.)

Columbia Hills: 229 new CAFs on current Columbia Grove site

col_hills_080616 Site preparation has begun for Columbia Hills, a 229-unit property being build by APAH in compliance with the Form-Based Code and Columbia Pike Neighborhoods Plan. The new complex replaces some of Columbia Grove's surface parking and a playground, both of which will be relocated, but does not reduce the number of Columbia Grove units. The new complex---all committed-affordable units---helps offset losses of market-rate affordable units in the area in the last decade. Read more on the development's features here.

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Columbia Hills artist rendering

Culpepper Gardens renovation will add new affordable units

Culpepper Gardens, Arlington's award-winning, affordable, nonprofit residential community for seniors 62 and older, will seek AHIF funding from the County in late 2016--early 2017 to renovate its facilities (built in 1975) to improve energy efficiency, accessibility, and public spaces. The renovation, to be managed by Wesley Housing Development Corp., includes a reconfiguration that will add 6 units to the complex. culpepper_garden

South Rhodes Street development to convert 105 units to CAFs

Click slide for larger view Approved July 20, 2016 by the County Board, the South Rhodes Street development will bring three new, interconnected 6-story buildings containing 402 new market-rate rental units to the North end of Columbia Pike.  The new complex will replace surface parking lots and a swimming pool (to be relocated) but no existing rental units on the site of The Wellington, a three-building complex currently comprising 711 market-rate rental units.

Wellington Apartments, Columbia Pike

In exchange for additional density, the developer (Washington Real Estate Investment Trust, or WashREIT, Wellington Apartments LLC) will convert 105 units in the existing Wellington complex to committed-affordable (for 30 years) rentals (click image above, from the development proposal, for a larger view). Read more about the project.


The Berkeley will increase CAFs along Four Mile Run

Artist rendering of the proposed Berkeley Under the Board-approved (May 2016) site plan for The Berkeley, AHC will replace two existing 4-story buildings (picture below) now comprising 137 units total (110 of them committed affordable) with two 5-story buildings. The new complex will have a total of 257 units, 155 of which will be committed affordable for 60 years---a net increase of 45 committed affordable units on the site.

Read the County news releases detailing the May 2016 site plan approval for the redevelopment and the February 2017 approval of an AHIF loan for phase I of the project.

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June 2017 Update:

According to the newly released Virginia Housing Development Authority's 2017 rankings, The Berkeley has been approved for Low Income Housing Tax Credits.




The family-friendly Springs is leasing up

springs_jul2016The Springs---developed by Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH)---is a half mile from Ballston Metro. APAH has replaced the twenty-seven unit Carlyn Springs Apartments with a five-story, 104-unit, family-friendly, mixed-income, mixed-use redevelopment. Eighty-five of the new units are two- or three-bedroom; ninety-eight are committed-affordable. Read more about The Springs community benefits and financing.

Original Carlin Springs apartments


Union on Queen: a 193-unit mixed-income community, 40% affordable

union_jun302016 Union on Queen is a mixed-income community recently completed by Wesley Housing Development Corp. in the Rosslyn area. Older buildings in the foreground were renovated to create a community of 12 family-sized units, while the new 12-story structure provides rental homes for a range of incomes (66 of them at 60% AMI). (Parc Rosslyn, another mixed-income building, is visible on the left.) UonQ drawing

The financing for this development, fna Pierce Queen, was a case-study at AHS's mixed-income development panel.

Click on image below to access a time-lapse view of Union on Queen construction site.

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Gilliam Place will provide 173 CAFs, sized to be senior-friendly

arl_presby_crop Gilliam Place rendering

In December 2015, the County Board approved APAH's plan to develop the site of Arlington Presbyterian Church, along with APAH's request for about $18 million in loans from AHIF to acquire and develop the property.  The proposed complex will include 173 CAFs (60-year commitment) at 60% AMI and below, including 105 studios and one-bedroom apartments---an opportunity for seniors---with ground floor retail and space for community use. Gilliam Place, named for the church's first African American member---a church elder and visionary---will feature stone from the church around its main entrance. Read more . . .

July 2017 Update:

The Groundbreaking Celebration for Gilliam Place was held on Thursday, July 27th. Read the full press release here.


The Shell: 83 new CAFs replace an old gas station

shell feb2015 AHC is building 83 new committed-affordable units on Columbia Pike on the site of an old gas station. In addition to being on a major transit corridor, the building is only a short walk from the new Arlington Mill Community Center.

Though the gas station site was relatively small, AHC owned a neighboring property and was able to combine a portion of that property (Harvey Hall) with the gas station site to achieve the desired density.


Educating the public about housing affordability

AHS is working hard to help Arlingtonians better understand housing affordability---and how important it is to the fiber and future of this community.

Visit our resource page to learn about some of the basics on affordable housing (the need, how it is funded) and go into more depth through highlights from our affordable housing forums and special events. We invite you to stay informed through our New&Next and Housing Intelligence e-publications.