Arlington, Va.—Union on Queen, a mixed-income apartment development in suburban Washington, D.C., has opened for leasing. The 193-unit property, a development of the Bozzuto Group and the nonprofit Wesley Housing, is at 1515 N. Queen Street, in the Radnor-Fort Myer Heights neighborhood of Arlington, between the Rosslyn and Courthouse Metro stations.
Forty percent of the project’s units (78 of them) are designed affordable (for households making 50 percent to 60 percent of area median income). The balance of the units are market rate. Because of the property’s location near two Metro stations, it’s considered transit-oriented development.
Significant financial support was given to the project from Arlington County and the Virginia Housing Development Authority, as well as from Capital One, Hudson Housing, Walker & Dunlop and Freddie Mac. Arlington’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund partially funded the development with $6.8 million.
Union on Queen’s floor plans include studio apartments as well as one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. The community’s outdoor areas include a landscaped patio with seating surrounding large outdoor kitchens next to a fire pit and green space. The rooftop deck, with bocce court, fireside lounge, coffee bar and kitchen, offers views of the U.S. Capitol.
Working in conjunction with Viridiant and Sustainable Design Consulting, the devleopers won the first EarthCraft-certified new construction high-rise affordable multifamily housing community in Virginia. This certification, combined with a Silver LEED rating, increased the competitiveness of Bozzuto and Wesley’s tax credit application, thus helping make Union on Queen financially feasible.
Launched in 2003, the EarthCraft Multifamily program provides certifications for multifamily projects, including new construction and renovation. Multifamily standards address a wide range of sustainability considerations, including environmental performance, indoor air quality, building durability, comfort and affordability. EarthCraft addresses these concerns and the unit level and for the structure as a whole.