- VPoint in Clarendon is a unique County-faith community partnership
- Project praised for providing affordable housing, preserving church and daycare
ARLINGTON, Va. – VPoint, a mixed-use development in Clarendon funded through a unique partnership between Arlington County and the faith community, has been named the “Best Affordable Housing Development” at the 2012 Governor’s Housing Conference. The award is presented to a housing development that is innovative in its concept and design and exceptional in meeting the needs of the intended community.
County-funded affordable rentals
Formerly known as “The Views at Clarendon,” the vPoint redevelopment added 116 rental apartments on top of the existing Clarendon Baptist Church, including 70 affordable apartments that were funded by a loan from the County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF).
The affordable units are contractually bound to remain affordable for 75 years, one of the longest terms the County has ever secured for affordable housing it has funded.
“This award recognizes the contributions that this truly unique partnership between the County and the faith community has made to our community,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “The vPoint project was not without controversy, and not without risk. But it has accomplished all that we had hoped. Building on Arlington’s long-standing commitment to providing affordable housing near good transit, the County and Clarendon Baptist Church have ensured that a long-established church will survive for generations to come, preserved a crucial daycare center, and provided affordable homes within walking distance of the Clarendon Metro station.”
“This project would never have happened without the support of Arlington County and the Virginia Housing Development Authority,” said Jerry Morris, Chair, Views at Clarendon Corporation. “The project brought together an excellent team to develop much-needed affordable housing to the Clarendon Community, and we, along with our partners, are extremely honored to receive this prestigious award.”
Governor’s Housing Conference
The Governor’s Housing Conference is Virginia’s largest and most comprehensive annual affordable housing event. It offers three days of workshops and sessions designed to help public and private sector representatives develop effective housing solutions in Virginia. More than 800 affordable housing advocates, providers, and policy makers gather each year at the conference.
In 2008 the County Board approved a $13.1 million loan from the Affordable Housing Investment Fund (AHIF) for the affordable housing portion of the vPoint project, located at 1210 N. Highland Street, one block from the Clarendon Metro station and several bus lines. The project offered the County a rare opportunity to further Arlington’s vision of diversity and inclusion by providing mixed income and special needs housing opportunities in a desirable urban neighborhood close to jobs, transportation, shopping, recreation, and County services.
Apartments atop church
The redevelopment added 116 apartments on top of the existing Clarendon Baptist Church, while retaining the church’s on-site childcare facility, which has been in operation for more than 46 years. The rentals are a mix of one, two and three bedrooms and home to residents with a broad range of incomes. Seventy of the homes are leased to individuals and families with household incomes ranging from $35,000 to $50,000 per year.
Six of the 70 homes are fully accessible units for persons with disabilities or special needs. Located on the same site, in a separate three-story educational building, is the First Baptist Child Development Center, one of the longest operating childcare centers and one of the largest child care facilities in Arlington, serving about 185 children.
The partners in this project included the Church of Clarendon, Views at Clarendon Corporation (nonprofit owner), Bozzuto Development (co-developer), Chesapeake Community Advisors (co-developer), Arlington County (financier), Virginia Housing Development Authority (financier), Enterprise Community Partners (pre-development loan), MTFA Architecture (architect), Bozzuto Construction (contractor), Bozzuto Management (property manager) and Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (consultant).
Learn more about Arlington County’s affordable housing efforts.