The Bozzuto Construction Company will break ground this weekend on the Views at Clarendon, a mixed-use, mixed-income development just steps from the Clarendon Metro station. The Views at Clarendon Corporation (VCC), a joint venture between the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) and the First Baptist Church of Clarendon, have planned eight stories of apartment homes atop two stories of existing occupants, The Church at Clarendon and the County’s largest child daycare center. Though not without epic drama, the project is moving forward with an expected completion in 2011.
The Class A apartment community will consist of 46 market-rate apartment homes and 70 affordable apartment homes, of which 12 will be supportive housing for very low income households. The residences will be a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. The current MTFA Architecture, Inc. design is planned achieve LEED Silver status.
The project was first approved in October 2004, and was then tied up in a zoning dispute that stretched all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court. After two years, a $200,000 lawsuit, and a “technical adjustment” to the applicable zoning ordinance, the county provided salvation to the church by giving approval in February 2007.
Views at Clarendon is being co-developed by Bozzuto Development Company and Chesapeake Community Advisors. Bozzuto Construction Company is the general contractor and Bozzuto Management Company will professionally manage the community. The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing has served as consultant to the project since its inception.