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Affordable housing coming for Veterans!

This is really great news, affordable housing is extremely difficult to find in Arlington, VA. This is a beginning, not a solution but definitely the start of a solution.

Affordable Housing for Veterans Coming to Arlington Thanks to $80M Deal

BY KEITH LORIA MAY 11, 2020 
Lucille & Bruce Terwilliger Place

RENDERING OF LUCILLE & BRUCE TERWILLIGER PLACE. RENDERING: BY DCS DESIGN

The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing has acquired the former Arlington American Legion Post 139 in Arlington, Va., for $80 million, and has already broken ground on an $80 million development of affordable housing.SEE ALSO: How the Pandemic Is Driving Labor Activism Among Essential Workers

APAH is developing Terwilliger Place, a seven-story, mixed-use complex with 160 units of affordable housing, including half that will be set aside for veterans.

Avison Young, which has been marketing the property for nearly four years, represented the seller in the deal.

“The whole project is something unusual and exceptional and something I am very proud to have been a part of,” Jim Kornick, a principal at Avison Young, told Commercial Observer. “APAH was chosen because of its shared vision of veterans-preference affordable housing and ongoing services tailored to today’s veterans.” 

APAH is also creating a new ground floor condo for Post 139. The site will also include a number of service and amenity spaces, such as community rooms, flexible multipurpose space, counseling space, and a business center.

Originally built in 1947, Post 139 has assisted veterans returning from World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and Afghanistan wars. The 1.3-acre site is situated across from the George Mason University Arlington campus in the Virginia Square area of Arlington County.

“The veterans coming back from the last couple of wars are not like the guys who came back from Vietnam and Arlington is not the kind of place it was then,” Kornick said. “The community has changed and veterans are different and they wanted to sell to someone who appreciated that.” 

The reason for the long wait of the sale, Kornick noted, was the challenge of securing zoning entitlement changes and putting a multi-layered debt and equity structure in place.

The redevelopment has received $33.8 million in tax credits from the state, a $11.5 million loan from Arlington’s affordable housing fund, a $1 million donation from Amazon and a $1.5 million donation from real estate mogul Ron Terwilliger.

Prep work on the site is already underway with demolition of the existing Post 139 building expected sometime in May. The entire project is expected to be complete in 2022.

Joining Kornick on the deal was Avison Young Principal Chip Ryan. The buyer was not represented by a broker.

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I’m very nervous….

AR4R

 

“A Ride For Reclamation” US Vets Cycling 1,000 To Tampa For Charity!!

Through private sponsorship, A Ride For Reclamation (AR4R) is organizing a 1,000 mile cycling campaign consisting of US military veterans and outstanding volunteers. The cyclist are starting their journey at the historic Mount Vernon, VA. They are excited to continue cycling through VA, NC, GA, and FL along the way! The final destination will be in Tampa, FL on July 11th. The journey will raise money to help TeamRWB, whose mission “is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.” Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S), which provides resources for survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. USFirst.org “Our mission is to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all.” Boys and Girls Clubs of America “Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The campaign has established a donation website athttp://www.gofundme.com/ar4r2015. Director and founder Bill Murray states, “At a click of one button, we are giving people the ability to make donations to four phenomenal organizations and help change the world for the better for generations to come. It’s exciting to get the wheels moving and make a difference with every generous donation and mile we ride.”

The Team will be available for interviews/media to share their story, vision, and cause. Please contact AR4R Public Relations and Marketing Director, Alisha Feagin (alliear4r@gmail.com) to arrange media and/or further information on how you can support such an inspiring campaign.

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Twitter: @AR4R2015

AR4R Egghead Challenge!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ9vtDWkpiM&noredirect=1

So, as I sit here in The Courtyard by Marriott in Vienna, Va–I head off on another adventure.  We’re riding from Washington, DC to Tampa, FL–what the hell am I thinking!

I know I haven’t trained enough and this trip in my humble opinion was put together haphazardly!  This all started a couple weeks ago at The Air Force Classic, after the race we went for brunch, little did I know what this brunch would lead to.  As we sat there watching the race (Criterium around Crystal City), we had fun, re-fueled and made new friends.  Unbeknownst to me Bill was speaking with Marjorie about his plan to raise funds and ride to Tamp from Washington, DC–specifically depart from The Air Force Memorial.  She quickly said that I would do it, she was halfway right.  I ‘complain’ an ‘blame’ her for getting me into this but in all actuality nobody makes me do anything I don’t want to do, but it makes for a better story to say I was backed into it…LOL.

He explained his plan, I said ‘maybe’ outwardly to him, but in my head I was thinking ‘he’s fucking nuts!’  Seeing as the turn around time was supposed to be 6 days, originally we were supposed to leave on June 26, but cooler minds prevailed and we are leaving today.  Now, we are riding at night which I am not crazy about, but I am here to pedal!

Here’s our route, pretty aggressive the first few days.  The first day is in honor of Independence Day–get it 177.6, lol.  We plan on leapfrogging that day and on the 3rd day, the other days we’ll both be on the road for all the miles.

A Ride For Reclamation Route Details:

Mckenney VA, via route 1 177.6  3-4 July

Washington, DC to Mckenney, VA

Mckenney, VA to Raleigh via US Route 1 – 114 July 4-5

Mckenney, Va to Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC to Columbia, SC – 220 miles July 5-6

Raleigh, NC to Columbia, SC

Drive to Atlanta – Rest in Atlanta 6-7 July

Atlanta to Robins AFB GA via US 19, US 3 and Maynard Mill Rd. 109 miles July 7-8

Atlanta, GA to Robins AFB

Robins AFB to Valdosta GA – 138 miles July 8-9

Robins AFB to Valdosta, GA

Valdosta, GA to Crystal River FL via US 98 – 159 miles 9-10

Valdosta, Ga to Crystal River, Fl

Crystal River FL to Tampa FL Macdill AFB via US 98 / US 19 – 106 miles 10-11 July

Crystal River, Fl to MacDill AFB, Tampa Bay

17.4 miles around tampa!

I m both scared and excited at the same time, does that make any sense?  I guess that’s normal, but what’s normal now a day?  Well, I will be blogging about our adventure so stay tuned.

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