Restonians came out in force to a public hearing Tuesday evening to voice their support for the proposed redevelopment of the Crescent apartments at Lake Anne, and for the preservation of affordable housing in general.
“We support and we applaud the county’s commitment to the residents of the Crescent Apartments,” said the Rev. Stephen Smith-Cobbs, a pastor and member of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE), a group that has been working to support the Crescent residents. “We want that priority to remain clear … as the planning process continues.” Read more about Community shows support for redeveloping Reston apartments
An interfaith group of housing and justice advocates is calling for the use of publicly owned land in Arlington for the development of affordable and workforce housing. The group, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, says that Arlington County in particular needs 1,000 to 1,500 new housing units in the next five years that are affordable to people who make less than $50,000. Read more about Group Calls for More Low-Income Housing
When Fairfax County spent $49.5 million to buy the Crescent apartment complex near Lake Anne in Reston, in 2006, it was with the stated goal of preserving affordable housing in the county as real estate values continued their upward climb. So it came as a surprise to the residents when they learned that Fairfax was already looking to sell or lease the property for redevelopment, as part of a bigger plan to revitalize the Lake Anne area.
Suggesting that only a small window of opportunity remains, proponents of more affordable housing in Arlington laid down challenges to themselves, and county officials, during a June 23 forum.
The event, expected to draw 500 people from religious communities across the county and surrounding area, drew about 550, organizers said. Read more about Faith-Based Advocates Continue Press for More Affordable Housing
A local advocacy group is raising concerns that the redevelopment of a county-owned Reston apartment complex could displace the 181 low-income families who live there.
About 250 people attended a walk at the Crescent Apartments near Lake Anne Village Center on Sunday. Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) organized the event. Read more about Community Rallies to Keep Reston Apartments Affordable
By Lauren Young. On Sunday, May 19, V.O.I.C.E (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) walked with many residents of Reston, and tenants of Crescent Apartments to raise awareness of affordable housing in Reston and more specifically—plans to redevelop the Crescent Apartments on North Shore Drive from 181 units to much larger 700-900 units. These would be privately developed. The issue that V.O.I.C.E and those who participated in the walk on Sunday are addressing is that many of the current residents would be displaced due to the expensive rent of the new apartments.
By John Lovass. It was a lovely Sunday afternoon, ideal for marching to support our neighbors in Lake Anne’s Crescent Apartments and support some old-time Reston values. The march consisted really of walking and stops for speaking of personal memories by past and present Crescent Apartment residents and pleas to protect affordable housing and Crescent residents by Reston faith community leaders. Read more about Column: Reston Marches to Support Neighbors
Faith leaders and residents of Crescent Apartments in Reston held a One Reston walk on Sunday to bring attention to the need for affordable housing in Reston.
Crescent Apartments, a 181-unit affordable housing complex near Lake Anne, is owned by Fairfax County and is slated for redevelopment. Read more about Residents, Leaders Express Crescent Concern
The Fairfax City Council approved a developer’s plans to replace the Layton Hall garden style apartments with a 360-unit complex.
Citing the concerns of affordable housing advocates, the developer presented the council with plans for 18 of the 360 apartment units to be set aside for those households making ether 80 percent of 70 percent of the area’s median income. Read more about Council Approves Plans to Replace Layton Hall Apartments
Faith community leaders and residents of Reston's Crescent Apartments will hold a march on May 19 to highlight the need for affordable housing in Reston. Read more about Faith Leaders: Remember Low Income Residents