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The Landings affordable housing project

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $3 million Housing Blueprint loan to finance the acquisition of new affordable housing near Fort Belvoir in the Mount Vernon District.

Funds will be used to support the purchase and renovation of existing “market affordable” housing at The Landings II Fort Belvoir, meaning the units are generally affordable to earning 100 percent of the area median income less. The community will transition to a “committed affordable” available to households earning no more than 60 percent of the area median income, Fairfax County said in a news release.

“The Richmond Highway corridor is a growing center of opportunity, and affordable housing is a fundamental cornerstone to achieving our communitywide vision,” said Mount Vernon Supervisor Dan Storck. “We want to be sure that our housing opportunities enable our middle- and low-income workers to do more than just ‘make a living’ in the Mount Vernon District – we want them to be able to make a home here as well.”

The Landings II  consists of 76 apartments originally built in 1964. The property was purchased in February by AHC, Inc., a not-for-profit, community-based housing development organization. The agency has a two-phased plan to rehabilitate and transition the complex over five years, followed by "substantial renovations" in about 10 years to maintain long-term affordability through the possible use of low-income housing tax credits.

The initial rehabilitation of the nearly 60-year-old property at Landings II will include sidewalk repair, tree trimming, storm drain work, construction of a new entrance sign, structural repairs, windowpane work, replacing certain gas furnaces and water heaters and other work within the units. The initial repairs are expected to be completed within the first year.

The Landings II joins the Landings I Mount Vernon Apartments which were also acquired by AHC to rehabilitate and transition current market affordable housing to being affordable to low- and moderate-income households. 

Both Landings I and Landings II Apartments will implement a phased conversion to committed affordable housing through natural attrition, the county said. That means as tenants move out of the property, they will be replaced by residents that meet the new affordability criteria at 60 percent AMI. Any households currently residing at the property who meet the affordability criteria will be eligible to remain in place.

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(4) comments

Julie McCandless

"Affordable Housing", as constructed by local housing so-called non-profits, is a complete mis-representation. Only a very few units are available to the workforce, which desperately needs housing that's actually affordable at 20%, 30%, and 40% of AMI. The Elite from both political parties, who give away our tax dollars to housing for-profit non-profits, want the workforce living nowhere their vibrant and trendy luxury enclaves.

Janet Smith

AHC recently constructed new affordable housing in Arlington in a corridor where many are employed in low-wage retail and restaurants. It's across the street from a large shopping plaza. Only a few of the new apartments are affordable for the area's low wage workforce. The apartments local non-profit housing corporations renovate and build typically cost $400,000 / unit for new construction and $300,000 / unit for renovations. A large amount of the "construction cost" is not used for construction. BTW, 60% of AMI in the DC metro area is $60,480 for a 2-person household. Housing insiders refer to these type of apartments as "tech force housing" and not meant for a low-wage workforce.

Duke Nukem

I dream of the day that every low-wage cashier, burger flipper, or local journalist, can own there own high rise apartment in luxurious Arlington. This is the utopia I have voted for and will follow our dear leaders now in the majority (although it is rather slim and scaring me) to the promised land. I do like what I am seeing as they look to be locking up the supreme court with more judges and we can finally say goodbye to federalism...

Duke Nukem

This is good. The puppet masters vision for America is just getting started. We need other places around DC to increase affordable housing. This reputable newspaper should also start featuring some more affordable housing instead of the million dollar homes only privileged folk can afford on their weekend article about homes for sale.

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