County Board Allocates $7.4 Million Loan for Berkeley I Affordable Ho

Published on February 25, 2017

  • 125 affordable units to be built at 2910 South Glebe Road

  • Funding from County's Affordable Housing Investment Fund

  • Units will be contractually bound to remain affordable for 60 years

  • 13 permanent supportive housing units, 13 accessible units

The Arlington County Board today allocated $7.4 million in funding from the County's Affordable Housing Investment Fund to help construct 125 new affordable units at 2910 South Glebe Road.

The Berkeley I project will be built by AHC, Inc., a non-profit affordable housing developer. All the Berkeley I units will be contractually bound to remain affordable for 60 years.

"This redevelopment of an apartment building that has outlived its useful life is a worthwhile investment for our community," said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. "It will add to the County's inventory of Committed Affordable Units, and meets many of the goals of our Affordable Housing Master Plan. Importantly, it will offer a mix of units, available at different income levels, that will stay affordable for six decades."

Adding family sized units to the County's affordable housing inventory

The building will add 100 family-sized units to the County's inventory of Committed Affordable Units, including 72 two-bedroom units and 28 three-bedroom units. About two percent of the units will be affordable for renters with incomes up to 40 percent of the Area Median Income ((AMI). Twenty-five percent of the units will be affordable to renters with incomes up to 50 percent of AMI, 53 percent to those with incomes up to 60 percent AMI and 20 percent to those with incomes up to 80 percent of AMI.

Thirteen of the Berkeley I units will be permanent supportive housing units, which offers supportive services for people with disabilities. Thirteen units will include accessible features for persons with disabilities. The building will be certified EarthCraft Gold. The EarthCraft program certifies homes that are sourced, constructed and designed to reduce environmental impacts.

Tenant relocation

The County's Tenants-Landlord Commission has approved the Berkeley Relocation Plan. If AHC receives all of its funding this June, tenants living at the 2910 S. Glebe site would vacate no earlier than this July.

AHC's goal is to find housing for all eligible Berkeley residents, either at AHC sister communities near the Berkeley, or other nearby apartments. Residents in good standing who meet the income qualification will be given first priority to apply for an apartment in the new buildings. The redevelopment is expected to take two to three years from when tenants are first relocated.

The County will make available its Tenant Assistance Fund to all eligible households at the existing apartments. The Board approved allocation of up to $93,000 in AHIF funds to create a TAF for eligible households living at the Berkeley I site.


The Board approved a site plan in May 2016 for the redevelopment of the 138-unit Berkeley apartments into two new buildings, with a total of 256 units. AHC intends to build the two buildings in one phase. Berkeley I is the eastern building. Both buildings are expected to be completed by fall 2020.

AHC bought the Berkeley apartments at 2900 and 2910 S. Glebe Road, adjacent to Four Mile Run, in 2000. The County loaned AHC $2 million to help with that acquisition and some rehabilitation. AHC determined several years ago that the apartment buildings, built in 1961, had outlived their useful lives and needed to be redeveloped.

AHC has requested a total AHIF loan for both buildings of about $21.7 million. Staff has recommended that the request be split over two fiscal years, due to its size. A request for Berkeley II is expected in Fiscal Year 2018.

The overall development meets many of the Goals, Objectives and Policies of the County's adopted Affordable Housing Master Plan, including a net increase of 118 affordable units in the I-395 corridor, an area that now has a lower share of affordable housing that what is projected in the plan's aspirational 2040 distribution forecast.