Grand Opening of Gilliam Place in Arlington

A new development in Columbia Pike Town Center will provide 173 affordable apartment homes and a new home for Arlington Presbyterian Church.

The opening ceremony, the culmination of a seven-year effort by APAH and Arlington Presbyterian Church to put its faith into action and the property into mission service, was Thursday, Nov. 14. The new $71 million mixed-use property features:

• 173 affordable apartment homes, including 15 barrier-free units to accommodate residents with disabilities

• A new worship space for the Arlington Presbyterian Church

• A new training center, business incubator and public cafe for Arlington’s culinary academy, La Cocina VA, and

• A community green space

The development, a partnership between Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing and the Arlington Presbyterian Church, is part of a growing movement in the region to redevelop church properties to accommodate the need for more affordable housing units – a trend that has gained momentum as the housing affordability crisis grows. APAH's mission is to develop, preserve, and own quality, affordable places to live; to promote stability and opportunity for our residents; and to advocate with the people and communities we serve. Founded in 1989, APAH now helps more than 1,800 households live in stable, secure and affordable rental homes. APAH is working to bring more than 800 additional affordable apartments to the DC metro area over the next 5 years. Its newest project, Columbia Hills Apartments, received the 2019 ULI Washington Trends Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing.

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