The Planned Residences at Government Center Receives Joint Recognition

Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development
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October 27, 2010

The Residences at the Government Center, a soon to be developed unique public/private venture between Fairfax County and the Jefferson Apartment Group, received joint recognition by the Washington Smart Growth Alliance and the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing for its innovative approach to providing workforce housing.

The Washington Smart Growth Alliance is a partnership among seven diverse regional organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Enterprise Community Partners, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Metropolitan Washington Builders’ Council, ULI Washington and the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing.  The Smart and Sustainable Growth Recognition provides a way for environmental and civic organizations to support development that is good for community and good for the environment. 

“This recognition should come as no surprise, as Fairfax County is a leader in finding creative ways to leverage its resources,” said Sharon Bulova, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.  “Providing affordable housing for county employees through our partnership with Jefferson Apartment Group is an extension of what we’ve been able to do for residents in the areas of accessible housing, conservation, and infrastructure. We will continue to explore partnerships in the community to provide essential services to our employees as well as our residents. “

Situated on 8.9 wooded acres on the Fairfax County Government Center campus, the LEED-certified 270-unit apartment complex will consist entirely of workforce housing affordable to households earning 50 to 100 percent of the Area Median Income. The complex will incorporate green building, universal and sustainable design features and will be constructed and operated by Jefferson Apartment Group, headquartered in McLean, Virginia under a long term ground lease with Fairfax County. 

The Residences is being developed in response to a solicitation for a public/private venture to expand the stock of workforce housing.  While a preference will be given to applicants who either live or work in Fairfax County, a clear focus will be on county employees who can easily walk to work from the complex.

The development is planned to have a number of attractive amenities including garage parking, fitness center, conference room, outdoor courtyards and a community room available for use by Fairfax County.  The innovative site design will provide substantial open space, extensive landscaping and preservation of existing trees as well as the adjacent Environmental Quality Corridor.

“The Residences at the Government Center will serve as a model for other jurisdictions and for future sites within Fairfax County, Virginia, on how Government in partnership with the private sector can successfully provide affordable housing. Jefferson Apartment Group is very excited about this sustainable and socially responsible affordable housing project and looks forward to a successful partnership with Fairfax County,” said Greg Lamb, Executive Vice President and Managing Partner of Jefferson Apartment Group.

For additional information, contact Malcolm Van de Riet, Vice President of Jefferson Apartment Group at 703-563-5200 or by e-mail at

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