FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Who is proposing the redevelopment of the site?
A: Wesley Housing Development Corporation (Wesley Housing) is a non-profit, affordable housing developer with over 40 years of experience in Northern Virginia. Since its founding, Wesley Housing has created over 25 communities in the region, including four properties in Arlington. Two properties in particular are already neighbors to the community surrounding the redevelopment: Whitefield Commons on North Thomas Street, and Knightsbridge Apartments on North Glebe Road.
Q: What site is under consideration?
A: Wesley Housing owns four parcels in consideration: the former American Red Cross building (4333 Arlington Boulevard), two, single-family homes (15 and 19 N. Trenton Street) and the Whitefield Commons property.
Q: What is the redevelopment proposal?
A: Wesley Housing proposes to replace the existing buildings and parking lots with a five to six-story rental apartment building and 19 for-sale townhomes. The apartments will be entirely reserved for low- and moderate-income households, while the townhomes will be sold at market-rate.
Q: What about the parking that will be needed to accommodate the additional cars?
A: The redevelopment would include sufficient below-ground parking for the apartment residents (nearly one space per unit), while the townhomes will each have two, enclosed garage parking spaces, plus visitor parking. The redevelopment will also improve car circulation among the parcels as well as the neighboring Whitefield Commons apartment community, ensuring that residents and visitors to the redevelopment will not be solely using N. Trenton Street for coming and going.
Q: What is the upcoming timeline for the redevelopment?
A: Since Wesley Housing will seek some zoning modifications for the redevelopment, the proposal will be submitted for a site plan review by Arlington County. The review process is an extensive, inclusive opportunity for residents, County staff, and elected officials to consider, question, and approve a redevelopment like this. Wesley Housing submitted material for the review in March 2017. From there, the review process is expected to take nine to twelve months. If the site plan is approved in early-2018, construction will not commence before Summer 2018.
Q: For which income levels will the apartments be reserved?
A: The apartments will be reserved for households earning no more than 60% of the current Area Median Income (AMI), which is subject to change annually. Considering the 2017 AMI ($110,300 for a family of four), current 60% income limits are approximately $46,000 for one person; $53,000 for two people; $59,000 for three people; and $66,000 for four people.
Q: What is the anticipated rent for the apartments?
A: The apartment rents will be affordable to households at 60% of AMI. When considering the 2017 income limits, apartment rents would be approximately $1,250 for a one-bedroom apartment; $1,490 for a two-bedroom apartment; and $1,720 for a three-bedroom apartment. This dollar amount assumes the inclusion of all utilities (electricity, water, sewer, and trash/recycling). If the households pay separately for utilities, those rents will be reduced by a utility allowance to help households afford both rent and utilities.
Q: Will the apartment building include family-sized units?
A: As currently proposed, nearly half of the apartments will have either two or three bedrooms to serve families.
Q: How will the redevelopment preserve or enhance the green space that’s currently on the property?
A: The redevelopment will include new, tree-lined sidewalks along the Arlington Boulevard service road, N. Trenton Street, and the new private drive into the redevelopment. On-site green space for the new apartment building will be focused on the interior courtyard, where a variety of plants and trees will accomplish two things: treat rain water on the property and provide opportunities for seating, socializing, and relaxing. The existing Whitefield Commons grounds will be improved with increased sidewalk circulation to the Arlington Boulevard service road, a new playground and new trees.
Q: How many new residents will the entire redevelopment add to the parcels?
A: Based on the current, proposed bedroom count for all units in the redevelopment (apartments plus townhomes), Wesley Housing anticipates approximately 355 new residents across 137 units.
Q: Will there be apartments reserved for specific subsets of the population (e.g. elderly or disabled individuals)?
A: Wesley Housing does not currently plan to reserve any of the apartments for special needs populations other than typical building code and affordable housing financing requirements to create accessible apartments.
Q: Will the apartment building permit pets? Does Whitefield Commons currently permit pets?
A: Wesley Housing does not plan to permit pets except for those considered to be service animals.
Q: Will the apartment building include amenity spaces?
A: The current, proposed amenity spaces include a community room, computer lab, landscaped interior courtyard, improved playground (currently on the Whitefield Commons site), and common laundry facilities.
Q: How will the redevelopment accommodate the trash and recycling needs of the new residents?
A: The redevelopment will have trash and recycling collection and pick-up behind the apartment building, off of the main roads. All trash and recycling collection for the apartment building will be internal.