On October 10, 2023, Ked Whitmore was quoted in ARLnow on sustainability concerns surrounding Sunrise Senior Living’s new project in Northern Virginia. Last Saturday, Sunrise Senior Living Sought approval from the Arlington County Board to continue with a proposal to redevelop a church in the Alcova Heights neighborhood, with a 4-story, 99-unit building with 120 bedrooms and 53 parking spaces.
“The developer has to take significant steps on sustainability and has long wrestled with its affordability commitments,” Whitmore said.
“Arlington County currently has no formula for calculating senior housing contributions. It considers rent when calculating how many committed affordable units a developer should provide, whereas senior housing has more comprehensive housing costs to consider,” he explained. “We’re staring into a black box and have trouble committing, at this point, to doing an on-site unit.”
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