Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing Celebrates Grand Opening of Gilliam Place
On Nov. 14, Enterprise joined the grand opening celebration of Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing's (APAH) 173-unit Gilliam Place, a faith-based development of the Arlington Presbyterian Church. The $71 million project is located in the heart of Columbia Pike Town Center. The six-story complex includes 15 accessible units to meet the needs of persons with disabilities and is rated Earthcraft Multifamily Platinum for its environmental and energy efficiencies. All of the one-, two-, three-bedroom and studio apartments are affordable to households earning 60 percent of the area median income or below.
“Gilliam Place is APAH’s most ambitious property yet, and we are thrilled with the result. In addition to providing 173 new homes for our neighbors who need it most, the commercial and civic space on the ground floors means that people from throughout the community can benefit,” said APAH President and CEO Nina Janopaul. “Whether they come here to worship at the church, to learn new skills at La Cocina or enjoy lunch at La Cocina’s new café – Gilliam Place will be a gathering place for the entire neighborhood.”
During the ceremony, Enterprise VP and Mid-Atlantic Marketing Leader David Bowers talked about the power and potential of faith partnerships across the nation to address our country’s affordable housing crisis, explaining that construction is just the start. “The history of Enterprise Community Partners is built on faith. When men and woman said no, God said yes,” Bowers said. “Now, the story of Gilliam Place – of their commitment and vision – is being told around the region and around the country.
“And others are following your lead. Just last week, Enterprise announced its goal of working with houses of worship to create at least 10 percent of the 56,250 units needed to serve low- and moderate-income households in the region. These 173 units are the first units in that larger effort to build 5,625 new homes. When men and women said no, APAH said yes.”