*UPDATE* - At their meeting on April 21st, 2018, the Arlington County Board voted to approve this project after hearing from many supporters from across the county. Thanks everyone for your support, it made a difference!
This former Red Cross office building in Arlington has been vacant for over year, and now a nonprofit developer has a plan to transform the site into nearly 180 homes. 161 of those homes will be affordable units for those making 60% or less of Area Median Income (AMI), or $66,180 for a family of four.
Some are opposed to the height and have concerns about traffic and green space. Others have made it abundantly clear that they simply don't want affordable homes, or their future residents, in their neighborhood.
The next public hearing on this project is Saturday, April 21st. So far there have been a few who have spoken in support of the project, but they have been outnumbered by dozens of opposing neighbors. Help tip the balance and sign our petition today.
Arlington needs more homes, and affordable homes. Its own Affordable Housing Master Plan predicts that “by 2040 the County is projected to have 22,800 renter households with incomes below 60% AMI.” This project clearly helps Arlington meet that need. We can't let individual neighborhoods opt out and shut down projects that will bring needed homes and affordable homes.
The above former Red Cross building has been vacant for years. Many nearby residents are fighting a plan to turn it into nearly 180 new homes, most of them affordable homes. Image by Google Maps.
Make sure to share with friends and neighbors and ask them to sign. We'll make sure this petition get's submitted at the upcoming County Board hearing on April 21st. If you're interested in testifying at that hearing, contact David Whitehead - email@example.com for more information and useful materials. The hearing starts at 8:30am.
Also check out Greater Greater Washington's other ongoing advocacy campaigns and take action with us!