Arlington County

The following were among actions taken at the Oct. 20 meeting of the Arlington County Board. For more information, call 358-3130.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING -- The board approved the use of $524,500 in state and federal funds for the acquisition and renovation of two low- or moderate-income apartment buildings in the Westover neighborhood.

The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) requested the grant money to help purchase an eight-unit building at 1111 North Kenilworth St. and a nine-unit building at 1211 North Kennebec St.

The purchase price of the buildings is $850,000, or $50,000 per unit. The total cost of the buildings, including renovation, is $1,235,943. APAH will provide the remaining funds necessary to complete the project.

Three of the existing one-bedroom units will be converted into larger, two-bedroom apartments. Other renovation will include new roofs and windows and electrical and heating improvements as needed, at an estimated cost of $14,588 per unit.

City of Falls Church

The following was among actions taken at the Oct. 22 meeting of the Falls Church City Council. For more information, call 241-5004.

HISTORIC PROPERTIES -- A zoning amendment was proposed to tighten the city's historic preservation ordinance by requiring building permits for any "substantial" changes to the city's historic structures built before 1910.

Currently, a permit is required only if an owner wants to demolish or move an historic building.

Under the amendment, proposed by council member Cynthia S. Garner, a building permit would be required for any substantial changes to an historic building, such as removing or altering major architectural features like a porch or a cupola. Minor changes, such as painting, installing a TV or radio antenna or adding storm windows and doors, would not require a building permit.

Under the proposed changes, an architectural review board would be created to oversee changes to designated historic properties in the city. It would be composed of 10 members, with one member and an alternate appointed from the city's existing Architectural Advisory Board, the Historical Commission and the Planning Commission. The City Council would select four additional voting members.

The Planning Commission would hear and decide all appeals from the architectural review board within 45 days. Owners may appeal the commission's decision by filing a written complaint to the City Council, which will make a decision within 60 days.

The amendment to the ordinance will be sent by the council to the Planning Commission for its recommendations.