January 2, 2018
Marshall “workforce” units set for March move-in
Workmen on Dec. 18 hustle to complete the Washburn Place townhouses in Marshall.
Three of the $8-million development’s townhouses will be fully handicap-accessible.
Marshall is certainly improving in lots of ways. And (Washburn Place) is just another contribution to Marshall’s revitalization.
— Windy Hill Foundation Executive Director Bob Dale
Windy Hill Foundation
Foundation and its subsidiary, Windy Hill Development Co., jointly provide “workforce” housing.
2 W. Washington St., Middleburg.
• Foundation executive director:
• Development company manager:
• Dwellings built/developed:
367 in Loudoun, 18 in The Plains; Windy Hill hopes to complete 30-townhouse Washburn Place project in Marshall by end of February.
• Rental information
• Website: windyhillfoundation.org
• Facebook page: Click here
Marshall’s first “workforce” housing project should be completed next month.
In early March, eligible families and individuals probably will start occupying Windy Hill Development Co.’s 30 townhouses on Salem Avenue, Manager Kim Hart said.
“It’s about 90 percent done,” said Mr. Hart, who heads the Loudoun-based nonprofit foundation’s development arm. “We have lots of interior finishes to get done and appliances to install.”
Clad in brick and composite siding, the two-story, 1,130-square-foot units feature three bedrooms, extra insulation, energy-efficient windows and “water-saving devices” on all faucets and toilets.
Excluding utilities, rent at Washburn Place ranges from $900 to $1,200 a month, according to foundation
Executive Director Bob Dale.
As of Friday, the foundation had 24 families on the waiting list, according to Mr. Dale.
“We’ve had a lot of inquiries,” he said.
“We always have a waiting list” for foundation projects, Mr. Hart added.
Established in 1981, the foundation and development company have built 367 dwellings in Loudoun and 18 in The Plains.
“There’s a significant need for affordable housing in Fauquier County,” Mr. Dale said. “There are folks making 40 to 60 percent of the area median income, which translates to $40,000 to $60,000 a year.
“They’re school teachers, policemen, firemen. They’re not your white-collar executives. These are the folks who are in that lower-income range who just can’t afford to pay the rents around here.”
Discussion about the Marshall project began about six years ago, Mr. Hart said.
Potential residents must satisfy a criminal background check and meet income and credit criteria— a process that can take four to six weeks.
Many residents at other Windy Hill properties include first-time job holders and millennials, he said.
They also include senior citizens on fixed incomes who still need affordable places to live, Mr. Hart said.
“It makes for a nice mix in the community, because you have young and old together.”
Tenants ordinarily stay one to three years, Mr. Hart explained.
“Families change, jobs change,” he said. “It’s certainly not a lifetime kind of place. This is not subsidized housing. This is not the kind of place where you get a subsidy and it’s so deep that you grab onto it, hang onto it forever.”
Mr. Dale called Windy Hill Foundation units “transition housing.”
“We’ve had folks that do well and save money and go into” Habitat for Humanity homes as owners, he said. “We want them to move on. And, it’s great when they do.”
The project includes five fully handicapped accessible units and three reserved for active or veteran military families.
Low-interest financing and a variety of donations made the $8-million Marshall project viable, according to the foundation.
For example, Lisa and Zohar Ben-Dov, who live near Marshall, donated the 7.7-acre Washburn Place site. (Long-time supporters of the foundation, the couple asked that the project be named after deceased friend Lang Washburn, whose wife Judy has served on the Windy Hill board for more than 30 years.)
Through its affordable housing program, the Federal Home Loan Bank also donated $500,000 to the project.
Additionally, Fauquier County waived building permit fees and $240,000 in real estate taxes over eight years on the townhouses, and the PATH Foundation of Warrenton gave $60,000 for the development of the handicap-accessible units.
“Marshall is certainly improving in lots of ways,” Mr. Dale said of recently opened businesses along Main Street. “And (Washburn Place) is just another contribution to Marshall’s revitalization.”
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Jim Griffin · January 7, 2018 at 11:03 am
NNT: First you refer to me as "Little Jimmy" and then you claim it's me making it personal? Your words speak for themselves and are on display for all to see, but in your cowardly fashion you hide behind a pseudonymous mask.
It is good to be the object of your vile attack, standing as I am with the good people of this community who support this project. If people are defined by their enemies, proud to be yours, NNT!
I support this County and its foundations, like Windy Hilly. This project has origins in the community and its leaders, so I am for it. You are against the community on this so it's clearly you that's trying to change things around here, not me.
Besides, we needn't predict. Windy Hill projects have a track record that contradicts your alarmist claims. These are facts: Community support, leadership support, excellent track record.
Your words are hot air, personal attack with no one willing to stand behind them and not a single fact offered to support your unevidenced claim that the occupants will be shunted here from Middleburg or Loudon County, or did you forget you wrote that?
Are you still defending your other absurd claim that renters don't pay property taxes? Basic economics reveals property taxes paid through rent -- where did you think the money came from? -- and renters directly paying sales taxes, payroll taxes and more.
nonewtaxes · January 7, 2018 at 10:34 am
Tsk tsk Little Jimmy,
Unable to find any facts that support your claims you resort to that leftist tactic of making the issue personal.
Youve got your head so deep in a hole you must be seeing China.
Good luck with that.
Jim Griffin · January 6, 2018 at 10:42 am
Nice to see a personal, Trumpian insult in the first line! You follow our leader, and so you will follow our leader with your cheap shots.
Where to start with this mess? Of course renters pay property taxes -- they pay rent, which pays property taxes. The remainder of your screed is just emotional anger with no foundation in fact.
We need this housing, which is why there is both demand and now supply. We need the people who occupy this workforce housing.
Attack Windy Hill as you will. It marks you such that others know you better: Cost of everything, value of nothing. Read the comments: You're on your own against local residents and business leaders unanimous that this is good for our county.
No surprise you fail to address the request for even a shred of evidence for your claim these are people shunted here from Middleburg or Loudon County. You are full of hot air and insults.
nonewtaxes · January 6, 2018 at 10:32 am
I know the value of work and the cost of taxes. I know that somebody's "do good" project becomes a taxpayer burden.
"Workforce Housing" says who? The qualification are low income, credit check, and background check. There is absolutely no requirement to be a teacher or a first responder. Check the facts not the fiction.
Can you show that the county placed conditions on the development that majority of renters had to be low paid government employees? I think not. It aint so.
These are rental properties. Renters do not get a property tax bill. Nor do low income citizens pay any income taxes net of refunds.
In addition to getting a $240,000 tax gift from the county, its probable that residential housing is a negative net income deal so this housing will cost taxpayers twice. And this tax break doesn't go to the low income renters, in goes to the developer - the property owner.
The facts show that this is a low income subsidized housing project. Empirical evidence shows that these projects start as Mr. Roberts neighborhood and over time turn into Mr. Gansta neighborhood.
Little Jimmy, you yearn for a bit a city living out here in the country, Well brother you are going to get it. Time to open book. How long until the first drug bust? How long until the first gun fire? How long until the first murder?
Facts JG. Do you have any?
Jim Griffin · January 4, 2018 at 1:07 pm
NNT, focused on the cost of everything, the value of nothing. In fact, everyone -- even school teachers, policemen, firemen -- pays tax: Sales tax, real estate tax, payroll tax and more.
This is "workforce" housing and there is strong need for it in this area -- workforce and customer-force are business-force.
NNT: What evidence can you provide that these residents relocate from Middleburg or Loudon County? If so, who cares?
The article is clear: Windy Hill builds with school teachers, policemen, firemen in mind. Thank you, Windy Hill! We adore our teachers and first responders.
nonewtaxes · January 3, 2018 at 12:20 pm
Sounds great if you're a resident of Middleburg or Loudoun county - move your low income non-tax paying citizens to the county next door.
BJ · January 2, 2018 at 8:01 pm
So glad to see housing finally accessible to people not making the big bucks. Why are houses between $400,000 and $750,000 being built when we need more of this type of homes? Out with the McMansions!
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