When I think of affordable housing, I think low monthly rents. However, we can take a step back look at ways a community can support affordable living.
Keeping monthly rents low is the first step, but a number of additional monthly expenses come to mind including utility bills, access to quality transit, and walking distance to entertainment like parks and open space. APAH’s Arlington Mill Residences, with 121 committed affordable units, is a great example of a project striving for holistic affordable living. The project earned Earthcraft Virginia certification for high quality construction, with low VOC building materials to support the health of occupants, plus Energy Star lighting and appliances and WaterSense plumbing fixtures for savings on monthly utility bills. Savings from car-free living is not out of the question with easy access to the Four Mile Run bike trail, Capital Bikeshare, and numerous bus lines. However, getting to a grocery store is a pretty long haul and there are no car-sharing services within walking distance yet.
As development continues and transit improves along the Pike, Arlington Mill Residences can serve as a model of healthy, high performance, and affordable living.
By: Jessica Abralind