The Virginia Square affordable housing project focussing on veterans will receive a combined loan of $13,700,000 from the Commonwealth of Virginia and Arlington County.
According to an article by ARLnow, the officials announced that the Virginia Housing Trust Fund will loan $700,000 whereas Arlington County will loan $13,000,000 to the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH). This money is aimed to build a seven-story, 160-unit building on the site of the American Legion Post 139 (3445 Washington Blvd).
“We want to make sure Virginia is the most veteran-friendly state in this great country of ours,” Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said in a speech outside the aging Legion building, which will be torn down and replaced by the new development.
In a speech, County Board Chair, Christian Dorsey said that he was “really thrilled” to be part of the effort to help veterans. “This is an opportunity for us to actually, truly thank them for their service by providing a very key need. That is, long-term housing,” he said.
The current design of this new building features a new access road which runs along the west side of the lot, by the Casual Adventure shop next door. At the back of the lot, the road will lead to a parking garage for residents and Legion members. The plan is to build a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units so as to meet the needs of the low-income-eligible residents. Half of the units will be reserved for the veterans.
The officials announced that the first floor of the new building will include a 6,000 square-foot space for Legion members that comply with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Dan Donahue from the Legion also said that the organization aims to build a residential program in the space that focuses on suicide prevention and treating veterans with PTSD.