For Immediate Release
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Contact: Maureen Markham 703-228-3773 (voice) 703-228-4611(TTY)
ARLINGTON, VA – The Arlington County Board on Saturday moved to add 121 units to the County’s committed affordable housing stock, approving plans for a new 121-unit affordable apartment building, Arlington Mill Residences.
“This project reflects Arlington’s commitment to providing a range of affordable housing options in the County,” said County Board Chairman Christopher Zimmerman. “This development includes housing suitable for families with children. There also will be units affordable to those with very low incomes and to those who need Supportive Housing, or units that are accessible to persons with disabilities.”
The Board approved a use permit for the Arlington Mill Residences by a unanimous vote.
The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) will develop the project on County land located adjacent to the planned Arlington Mill Community Center and to Glencarlyn Park.
The family-friendly building will be a four-story, wood frame design featuring a community room and underground parking, adjacent to the Arlington Mill Community Center. The grounds will offer ample green space and access to nearby Glencarlyn Park and the Four Mile Run Bike Trail. The affordable housing program for Arlington Mill Residences reflects the commitment of Arlington County to provide a range affordable housing options in the Columbia Pike transit corridor. Ninety-nine percent (121 of 122 units) will be affordable to households earning at or below 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).
The new residential building will include eight efficiencies, 16 one-bedroom units, 73 two-bedroom units, and 25 three-bedroom units. Thirteen of the units will be dedicated as supportive housing units for persons earning very low incomes, at or below 40 percent of the AMI, and who are also clients of Arlington County’s Supportive Housing program. An additional thirteen units will be leased to families earning at or below 50 percent of the AMI. The rental units will remain affordable for at least 75 years.
The units to serve households with very-low incomes address a hard-to-meet need identified in the early phase of the Columbia Pike Land Use and Housing Study. Staff, the County Board and the community are working together to ensure that the mix of housing along Columbia Pike is strengthened as the corridor transformed into a livelier, more transit-oriented and walkable “Main Street.”
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.