CBG Begins Construction on Affordable Housing Community for Veterans
ARLINGTON, Va.—CBG began construction today on Lucille and Bruce Terwilliger Place, a 160-unit mixed-use community on the previous site of American Legion Post 139, a veterans organization in Virginia Square. Developed by the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) and designed by DCS Design, the seven-story project will provide a 6,000-square-foot space for Post 139 and earmarks half of the apartments for veterans, making it Virginia's largest affordable veteran housing project.
"APAH is thrilled to pioneer this model with American Legion Post 139," said Nina Janopaul, chief executive officer of APAH, in a press release.
"Thousands of veteran-serving organizations across the nation face similar challenges: they own land with aging facilities and are experiencing declining membership. This partnership will bring a new, accessible post, attractive to younger vets and co-located with a mix of housing options."
Terwilliger Place was named for the parents of Ron Terwilliger, retired chief executive officer of Trammell Crow Residential, who donated $1.5 million to the project. In addition, the community received $33.8 million in tax credit from the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), a $11.5 million loan from Arlington’s affordable housing fund, and donations from individuals and corporations such as Amazon and Capital One.
"CBG is honored to partner with APAH to build a high-quality community like Terwilliger Place for veterans and their families," said Keith Anderson, president of CBG. "And with a number of veterans in our firm and our headquarters just minutes away, it means a lot to be able to make an impact so close to home."
Though the groundbreaking ceremony for the project was delayed due to concerns around COVID-19, construction commenced with the demolition of the existing American Legion building and is expected to complete in 2022. CBG is taking the necessary precautions to keep its employees and subcontractors safe, following CDC and OSHA recommendations, in order to continue to build this affordable community.
"This work has never been more important," said Janopaul in APAH’s press release. "The pandemic has dramatically underscored the nationwide need for affordable housing"how can a family ‘stay-at-home’ if they don’t have a home?"
With one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, Terwilliger Place will serve veterans and households earning 30 to 80 percent of the area median income (AMI). The project will consist of five stories of wood framing over a two-story podium and features a complex civil package and extensive site utilities. In addition to the American Legion space, community amenities will include bike storage, laundry facilities, a community room, a fitness center, a business center, meeting rooms, and one level of below-grade parking.
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About CBG Building Company
Through a relentless pursuit of innovation, a steadfast commitment to quality, and active collaboration with clients, CBG has been delivering award-winning communities from coast to coast for more than 20 years. CBG's professional construction team builds more than 4,000 homes each year, providing high-quality, responsive service backed by a significant bonding capacity and national resources. CBG's experience spans a diverse portfolio of geographic areas and product types, including luxury, mixed-use, and affordable housing apartments, as well as campus housing, military family communities, and senior living facilities. Together, we draw on the knowledge gained through building more than 88,000 housing units since 1999. For more information, visit www.cbgbuildingcompany.com.
About Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
The mission of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) is to develop, preserve, and own quality, affordable places to live; to promote stability and opportunity for its residents; and to advocate with the people and communities it serves. Arlington County is both densely populated and diverse. Rising property prices, spurred by high employment and rapid growth, have been reducing the number of affordable homes in the community. To meet this need, APAH owns, develops, and preserves quality rental communities for individuals and families earning approximately $20,000-$60,000 per year, and APAH promises to keep them affordable. APAH’s bilingual resident services program helps residents to increase their personal and financial stability. For more information, visit www.apah.org.
About DCS Design
DCS Design believes in the meanings of place"as locations for significant events, but more, as venues for the living of lives. Building a workplace, a home, a shop, a community, it wants to improve on what has come before. The team at DCS contemplates materials and methods, envisions the demands of time and needs of use, and meditates on nurture and nature. DCS designs spaces that best accommodate human endeavors to make work that matters. For more information, visit www.dcsdesign.com.
About Virginia Housing Development Authority
VHDA was created in 1972 by the General Assembly to help Virginians attain quality, affordable housing. It carries out this mission by working in public-private partnerships with local governments, community service organizations, lenders, Realtors, developers, and more. It provides mortgages for first-time homebuyers as well as financing for apartment communities and neighborhood revitalization efforts. It offers free homebuyer classes, supports housing counseling, and helps people with disabilities and the elderly make their homes more livable. It also administers the federal Housing Choice Voucher and Housing Credit programs in Virginia. VHDA is self-supporting and receives no state taxpayer dollars to fund its programs. Instead, it raises money in the capital markets and contributes a significant portion of our net revenues each year to help meet Virginia’s most difficult housing needs. For more information, visit www.vhda.com.