CPHD - Buckingham Village Updates


The County bought Buckingham Village 3 for $34.5 million in March, 2009, and signed a 75-year lease with Telesis Corporation and National Housing Trust-Enterprise Preservation Corporation to redevelop the property. The agreement guarantees that the 140 historic units – which could otherwise have been demolished -- will remain affordable for 75 years. Located in the 300 block of N. George Mason Drive, the 16-building complex is within walking distance of the Ballston Metro. 

Please refer to the links on the left for background materials, maps and other information about this project.

Buckingham Gardens

Community members, Arlington County elected officials, activists and members of the Development Team led by Telesis Corporation gathered on Wednesday, June 6 to celebrate the preservation and renovation of Buckingham Village 3 as committed affordable rental housing.

The opening celebration on June 6th marks the completion of the first phase, Buckingham Gardens, which was developed under the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program administered by the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) coupled with VHDA permanent mortgage financing. The development is also supported by federal historic tax credits, and Virginia historic tax credits. Private financial support was provided by Capital One Bank and Hudson Housing Capital.

Phase 1 of the two-phase redevelopment delivers 92 newly renovated, energy efficient homes in an attractive garden setting with a new Community Center, bicycle storage rooms, laundry rooms and other amenities. In Phase II, 48 more apartments will be upgraded. The one, two, and three-bedroom apartments are affordable to a mix of income levels.

The Buckingham Gardens renovations include new roofs, windows, individual HVAC systems, wiring, kitchens, and baths in all units. Selected units were enlarged by utilizing breezeways and constructing additions or "bumpouts." All renovations and site improvements were conducted with sensitivity to the development's historical features and design. The project received EarthCraft Virigina Multifamily Certification and the renovations are projected to have increased the energy efficiency of the property by 50 percent. Design and construction team members include Wiencek + Associates Architects and Planners, Bowman Consulting, Bradley Site Design, and Harkins Builders.

The project won the "Virginia Housing Award" in 2011, presented by the State of Virginia for the Best Housing Preservation/Revitalization Effort. View application materials submitted for the award.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Buckingham Village - June 6, 2012Background
On July 11, 2006, the Arlington County Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Paradigm Companies, owner of the Buckingham Villages apartment complex (456 apartments at Villages 1, 2 and 3).  At the time, all 456 units of market rate affordable housing at Buckingham Villages 1, 2 and 3 were at risk of redevelopment. Both parties agreed to work together to produce a redevelopment plan for the Villages that would work for all. Paradigm would develop Village 2 as by-right, market-rate townhouses, but the County and Paradigm, in cooperation with the community would work to craft a redevelopment plan for Villages 1 and 3 that would achieve the following objectives:

  • Preservation of the community by giving people currently living in Buckingham Villages the ability to continue living there, or in the immediate neighborhood;
  • Preservation of as much affordable housing as possible with a goal of achieving no less than 300 committed affordable units;
  • Historic preservation of Village 3 and redeveloping Villages 1 and 2 in a historically sensitive manner.
  • The incorporation of land values that approximate what could be achieved under by-right development.

The County, Paradigm, current tenants, housing advocates, and other community representatives began working through a structured process to come up with a redevelopment plan that would work for all. 

As a result of that process, on June 9, 2007 the County Board approved a package of actions to preserve this historic Buckingham community. The actions were to:

  • Create and preserve 300 committed, affordable units.
  • Preserve all of Village 3 as affordable housing (140 units) – including a potential home ownership option.
  • Create 100 units of new, committed affordable housing in Village 1, using a County Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF) loan of $7 million.
  • Secure an additional 60 committed units of affordable housing in the Buckingham neighborhood.
  • Expand the Buckingham Historic District to include Village 3 and commit the resources to ensure its rehabilitation.
  • Provide comprehensive tenant relocation assistance to keep current Buckingham residents within the Buckingham community.
  • Create new streets and new park space in the redeveloped Village 1.

Telesis Corporation 
In November 2007 the County issued an RFP and conducted a process to select a development team to plan and complete the renovation and implement a housing program for Buckingham Village 3.  An advisory review panel, consisting of County staff, Housing Commission members, and community residents, evaluated the proposals and interviewed the respondents.  Based on a set of criteria established in cooperation with the Buckingham Village 3 Working Group, the review panel recommended the Telesis Corporation.
The Telesis team includes the National Housing Trust-Enterprise Preservation Corporation (co-developer), Rinker and Associates, Wiencek + Associates (architect), CTA Inc. Consulting Engineers, Harkins Builders (general contractor), Neighborhood Partners (property manager), and Bean, Kinney and Korman (counsel).
Telesis surveyed community residents to help establish housing needs and preferences and determine the housing program. Telesis and County staff held monthly community meetings with the Village 3 Working Group throughout the Fall of 2008 to come up with their recommendations for an affordable housing program at Village 3.

Buckingham Village 3 Working Group 
The Buckingham Village 3 Working Group was created by Arlington County to investigate, analyze and provide recommendations on an overall affordable housing strategy and development proposal on this Buckingham parcel. This group included tenant representatives, County staff and the community at large. The group met between July - November 2007, and was instrumental in selecting the Development Partner to renovate the site.

Community Preservation Committee (CPC) 
The Buckingham CPC was a working group that was created as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Arlington County Board in July 2006. It met between September 2006 – April 2007.

For more information please e-mail Maureen Markham or call her at 703-228-3773.

Last Modified: January 31, 2014
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