Tuesday, December 02, 2008

DC Makes Way for Northwest One


Mayor Adrian Fenty called a press conference in NoMa today to the showcase the demolition of the Temple Courts housing project – an abandoned housing complex that stands at the future site of the William C. Smith & Co. and Jair Lynch Development Partners’ mixed-use Northwest One project. The housing project was purchased by the District in 2007, after years of concerns about the poor educational and medical conditions for residents, as well as an escalating crime rate.

“To most people, this is the site of housing that has long been of condition that is unfit and unsuitable for residents of the District of Columbia, our own neighbors,” said Fenty. “Northwest One [will be]…the first place where you’ll have new communities with all different levels of housing and all different income levels – mixed with great retail, great community centers and great schools.”

The Northwest One project will bring $700 million worth of new development to a five-block chunk of the NoMa corridor – an initiative that will include the construction of 1600 new residential units, 200,000 square feet of office space, 40,000 square feet of ground-level retail and a one-acre public park. The District has pledged that nearly 25% of the on-site housing (570 units) will be reserved as affordable – an amount that Executive Director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority, Michael Kelly, assured the public would be “one-for-one replacement” of all affordable housing lost in demolition. The 172 families initially displaced by the closing of Temple Court were relocated at city expense and will be offered new units in the completed Northwest One complex.

“Today, we're celebrating the demolition of what is –without any kind of exaggeration – a symbol of isolation and socio-economic despair,” said Kelly. “In its place…will be a vibrant mixed-income neighborhood. A neighborhood that will have the lawyer next to the school teacher next to the welfare recipient – and from the outside you can’t tell who’s who.”

Fenty said that he expects a groundbreaking ceremony to be scheduled for early 2010 with construction expected to wrap up the following year. The Temple Court site is the second component of Northwest One currently in some phase of development – the $47 million Walker Jones complex (which includes a 100,000 square foot elementary and middle school) is currently under construction and is scheduled to be open by next August, just in time for the 2009-2010 school year.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

fred said...

amen. Let's hope the new architectural standards are much, much higher.

Anonymous said...

Have they shown any renderings/images of the street plan and what the final buildings will look like?

Anonymous said...

You can tell the difference between the a welfare mama and a lawyer. The welfare mama uses a cane to walk even though she has no disability and has a ton of tacky gaudy jewelry on.

Anonymous said...

Thank God. Im all for diversity and mixed income, as long as the "income" doesn't come from dealing drugs, crime and collecting money from having unwanted welfare babies.....Get them OUT....!

Anonymous said...

kinda sad to see them go. this will help with the crime in the area but its just another sign of the continued gentrification in this area. over past 15 years native residents of DC have been driving out by snobbish yuppies looking for over priced condos.

personally, I would rather see a bunch of boarded up buildings than million dollar lofts. what a characterless city we live in.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's better to give endless handouts to people and let the city go to pot.

I'm glad to see them go, and am disappointed there will be some attempt to bring some back.

 

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