The development is a prime example of a strategic approach to the creation of affordable housing. Pursuant to the terms of a ground lease, SCG Development will construct, own and operate the 240 total units of multifamily and senior housing. Concurrently, a portion of the FCRHA property will be leased to RISE for the development of 333 units of student housing. The income from the student housing was a critical component to the financial viability of the project.
In addition to the creation of 240 units of affordable housing in a highly cost-burdened Fairfax/Fairfax City area, the project will also provide the following benefits:
- The development is in close proximity to public transportation, shopping and restaurants, grocery stores and George Mason University campus amenities
- Units will have long-term affordability
- Design will incorporate multiple universal and sustainable features
- Ten percent of the units in each building will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Common area amenities including business center, cyber lounge, outdoor courtyard, underground parking, bike storage, fitness center and more
CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION FUEL PROJECT SUCCESS
The project also marks a historical milestone in becoming the first Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) converted property (Robinson Square - pictured) to obtain US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approval for demolition and redevelopment.
Throughout the development phase, the FCRHA and HUD worked closely to blaze a trail and create a process which countless other RAD properties may follow to preserve and create affordable housing in communities across the nation.
One University is a prime example of Fairfax County’s multifaceted approach to financing affordable housing by strategically utilizing all of the tools and resources available. The financing plan for One University includes a creative investment of both financial and land resources:
- The 10.8-acre site is public land owned by the FCRHA
- The portion of the land contribution related to the 240 units of affordable rental housing equated to a subsidy of approximately $12 million.
- $20 million in FCRHA revenue bond issuance
- $6.5 million in local Housing Blueprint loans
- The application project-based subsidies for 71 units (46 RAD project-based vouchers, and 25 non-RAD project-based vouchers)
- FHA-insured loans
- The award of 9 and 4 percent low-income housing tax credits by Virginia Housing