vPoint Apartments Recognized with Innovation Award

June 12, 2013

Arlington, Virginia, June 11, 2013 — Arlington’s vPoint Apartments, the 116-unit mixed-income, mixed-use community was awarded the Innovation Award by the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND) on Tuesday, June 11, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

vPoint’s innovation stems from the combination of three unique attributes— its mixed-uses, its environmental attributes, and its dedicated partners. This Class-A, LEED Gold Certified apartment community, located one-block from the Clarendon Metro station, contains 116 apartment units, including 70 affordable units for individuals and families with household incomes up to $35,000 to $50,000 per year.

This project’s success is evidenced by the nine-year journey to overcome neighborhood resistance and financial challenges to see affordable housing brought to a high-cost community in need of housing for all incomes.

The vision for the development grew from the Church at Clarendon’s desire to expand their ministry into affordable housing as well as preserving their church home and sanctuary in 2003. The church’s willingness to sell their property to a new nonprofit partnership entity, the Views at Clarendon Corporation, created the opportunity for this housing and allowed the church to raise the funds needed to redevelop their sanctuary and church offices. In addition, the development preserved the landmark steeple and preserved the education building housing a seminary and the largest daycare facility in Arlington, the First Baptist Child Development Center, serving 185 children and in operation for more than 46 years.

This mixed-income community provides affordable units at an amazing site for living and transportation options, including many green options, and received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The project is also designated as a Smart Growth Project by the Washington Smart Growth Alliance. Residents benefit from environmentally-conscious features and products including bike storage, carpool drop-off area, Energy Star appliances, dual-flush toilets, low VOC paints, Green Label Plus carpet and recycling centers on each floor.

The successful completion of the project was a testament to the many partners who never gave up the dream of affordable housing in this high-cost area, despite many legal, financial and construction challenges. The partners in this project were unwavering; the Church of Clarendon, Views at Clarendon Corporation, Bozzuto Development (co-developer), Chesapeake Community Advisors (co-developer), Arlington County, Virginia Housing Development Authority, MTFA Architecture, Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing, Enterprise Community Partners, Mercy Loan Fund, Bozzuto Construction and Bozzuto Management.

The project involved unique and extensive partnerships among public, private, non-profit entities. It also leveraged different streams of financial investment and used regulatory reform (code changes and increased density) to reduce development costs. The partners worked hard to overcome four lawsuits filed to stop the project and the complicated financing structure depended upon the support of Arlington County and VHDA over a long period of time, spanning the financial meltdown of 2008 and the efforts at recovery. vPoint’s much-needed, transit-oriented affordable housing complements and enhances nearby revitalization and redevelopment initiatives, helping to ensure Arlington’s future is affordable for all.

2013 HAND Housing Achievement Awards
The HAND Housing Achievement Awards recognize the most outstanding and innovative housing developments, programs and solutions across the metropolitan region.