Preservation Through an Equity Lens

In May, Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors approved a redevelopment plan along Route 1 in south county known as EMBARK Richmond Highway. This multi-year plan envisions multimodal improvements – roadway, bicycle/pedestrian and transit – from Huntington to Woodbridge, and the development of six community business centers with a mix of residential, office and retail uses as well as creative, public open spaces.

However, the excitement around this new plan could have unintended consequences for the low-income households who live in the older, market affordable developments abutting the Route 1 corridor. Without intentional strategies to include these families in the prosperity of a revitalized corridor, they will be forced to move due to rising rents. Now is the time for Fairfax County to ensure that the housing affordability that exists along Richmond Highway will not disappear. Preservation strategies to rehabilitate and maintain the housing that is there, or to incorporate affordability into new development without displacing residents should be the goal.

Join Our Community Forum on Preservation Through a Lens of Equity and Inclusion as we look at preservation strategies for affordable housing along the Route 1 corridor. First, we’ll provide a briefing on our latest research Northern Virginia’s Preservation Challenge: Trends, Threats and Opportunities. Exploring lessons learned from neighboring jurisdictions in maintaining affordable housing in revitalized areas, we discuss the challenges for the corridor, and examine the regulatory and financial tools that are available.  Our presentation will also provide a better understanding of how the One Fairfax Policy, adopted by the Board in 2016, is applied to the decision-making process regarding policies and programs for low-income families.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Mt. Vernon Government Center
2511 Parker Lane, Mt. Vernon, VA

Michael Spotts, Neighborhood Fundamentals
Preservation Research Overview

Panel Discussion Featuring: 

Nicholas Bracco – The Michaels Organization
Karla Bruce – Chief Equity Officer, Fairfax County
Nina Janopaul – Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing
Shelley Murphy – Wesley Housing Development Corporation


We are pleased to co-host this event with the Coalition for Smarter Growth