Arlington, VA – Bean, Kinney & Korman represented 1210 North Highland –Clarendon, LP (developer of condominium, The Views at Clarendon) in the case of Peter Glassman v. Arlington County, Virginia, et. al, which has just been dismissed by the 4th Circuit, following Glassman’s appeal to challenge the district court’s April 12, 2010 order.
Glassman asserted that Arlington County gave preferential treatment to an affordable housing developer in violation of the establishment clause of the U.S. Constitution. Bean Kinney’s client, secular, non-profit developer 1210 N. Highland had already secured a $46 million loan for the housing project, which is currently under construction. While Glassman, an Arlington County tax payer, had claimed that public funds were being used to further religious goals through the building of the condominium above a Baptist Church, a federal judge dismissed the claim, finding no evidence that the condominium violated the Establishment Clause, and stating that “the county’s announced purpose to provide affordable housing is undoubtedly a legitimate, secular goal…”
“We were elated to receive this news from the 4th Circuit,” said Jonathan Kinney. “Since this opinion was announced, we have received numerous messages from affordable housing advocates, Arlington County citizens and members of the Lyon Village community in support of the affordable housing being created by the Views at Clarendon.”
Jonathan Kinney represented 1210 N. Highland in closing the transaction. Raighne Delaney represented 1210 N. Highland in the litigation. Jon has more than 30 years experience in land use, primarily in Arlington County. Raighne has prosecuted and defended numerous cases in real estate and construction litigation.