The Jordan: Creative Solutions for Affordable Housing TOD, Class A Office Space, and Neighborhood Participation
This is a good example of:Creative land swaps to support affordable housing near transit
The Jordan is a 90-unit affordable housing development in Arlington Virginia built through a unique collaborative land swap. The solution was a result of community participation and teamwork between affordable housing advocates, developers, and neighborhood civic associations.
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Built by AHC Affordable Housing, The Jordan contains 90 new affordable apartments in Arlington, Virginia near the Ballston Metro Station.
The Jordan is a 90-unit development with in Arlington County, Virginia. The building is ¼ mile from the Ballston Metro Station. The Jordan shares a parcel with 800 North Glebe, a 300,000 square foot office and retail building. On the other side of The Jordan are market-rate townhomes adjacent to single family homes.
AHC owned Jordan Manor, a 24-unit low rise affordable housing apartment complex on 0.9 acres, adjacent to the JBG site and the Bluemont neighborhood (BCA). AHC wished to increase their affordable housing stock and saw potential in increasing the number of units in Jordan manor. The Bluemont neighborhood wanted to maintain their step-down building height, density, and traffic requirements.
The Jordan is a 90-unit development in Arlington County, Virginia. The building is ¼ mile from the Ballston Metro Station. The Jordan shares a parcel with 800 North Glebe, a 300,000 square foot office and retail building. On the other side of The Jordan are market-rate townhomes adjacent to single family homes.
Final Site Plan for Townhomes, The Jordan, & 800 North Glebe (DC Mud, 2008)
Construction Photos of The Jordan and 800 North Glebe. (Rick Holliday, 2009)
90 new affordable units with rents at 60% and 50% of area median income (AMI). 17 one-bedrooms, 68 two-bedrooms and 5 three bedrooms. specific affordability is as follows: 3 1br @ 50%, 14 1br @ 60%, 14 2br @ 50%, 54 2br @ 60%, 1 3br @ 50% and 4 3br @ 60%.
Construction was funded by AHC through an Arlington County AHIF loan of $5.9 million.
The solution involved an innovative partnership between public and private interests including Arlington County, JBG, AHC, and BCA. The key piece of the solution was a land swap between AHC and JBG: AHC and JBG exchanged the Jordan Manor site for a portion of JBG’s Peck/Staples. The site gained by AHC was zoned for higher density, allowing AHC to build a 90-unit affordable housing development called The Jordan. JBG built a commercial mixed-use building, called 800 North Glebe on its part of the site. JBG’s builder, Clark, built the shared parking garage deck under both The Jordan and 800 North Glebe. The Jordan will uses one level of the parking garage below its building, the remaining levels of the parking deck are used by 800 North Glebe’s offices and retail.
JBG negotiated with Arlington County for bonus density and GLUP amendments for 800 North Glebe. In exchange, JBG made an AHIF contribution $5.9 million. JBG sold the old Jordan Manor site to a luxury townhome developer and used the proceeds to fund the $5.9 million contribution to AHIF. Nineteen townhomes were built in the old Jordan Manor site along Wilson Boulevard. Arlington County then made an AHIF loan to AHC of $5.9 million to fund the construction of The Jordan.
SUMMARY & TOP TAKEAWAYS
The juxtaposition and funding of these buildings was made possible through careful planning and collaboration between stakeholders Arlington County, The JBG Companies, AHC, Inc, and the Bluemont Civic Association. The land swap allowed the neighborhood to meet their step-down building height, density, and traffic goals.
Arlington Housing Commission Proceedings-
Effects of TOD on Housing, Parking, and Travel
GAO. (2009). Affordable Housing in Transit-Oriented Development. Washington, D.C: United States Government Accountability Office.
Federal Highway Administration. (2010). What are the six Guiding Principles of the Livability Initiative? http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/livability/faq/