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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Church = Housing in Clarendon?

Personal confession - I have a Master's degree in American Religious History. Yes, bizarre, I know, and completely useless other than for party chatter.

But I do find this situation in Clarendon interesting. The sum of it is that the church wants to put a mixed use housing development on top of the sanctuary. Of course, some people don't like it because it's tall and changes zoning regulations in a community. Some people think it's great because it adds affordable housing and saves a dwindling church. Personally, I just think it's interesting. I can see both sides of the story.

So what do you think? You can read the whole 411 in the Post here. Comment below.


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Anonymous Allan said...

If they are allowed to build it, I'm pretty sure this will cause an uproar in the community. If it bothers homeowners, it will surely bother potential buyers.

I'm all for affordable housing but not in this case. A similar situation is going on in Fairfax where proposed low income housing is to be built around the Fairfax Corner area.

2:19 PM

Blogger Miles said...

If you have a chance to both build affordable housing AND add density close to a Metro station, you should do it. I'm not saying the homeowners don't have legitimate concerns, but how can you live right in the middle of Clarendon and suddenly start complaining about there being too much development? Do they want to have their high-property-value cake and eat it too?

5:27 PM

Blogger Jay -- Arlington Virginia Condos said...

The county recently sold off some affordable housing units they had purchased at 1800 Wilson Blvd and priced them very low for quick sale/multiple offers. They had an epiphany that they could better serve the mission by selling of the expensive orange line condo units they had purchased and using the proceeds to buy more affordable housing units elsewhere in Arlington so more families could be served.

Who would own these units before they sold or rented to "low income" families? Perhaps they should consider that the same money could buy more housing for more people elsewhere in Arlington. Just a thought....

2:06 PM


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