Thursday, May 21, 2009

Southeast Seniors Get New Housing

A vacant lot at 2620 Bowen Road, SE in the Barry Farm community will soon be home to the Bowen Senior Apartments – a 37-unit apartment building for independent sexagenarians of Ward 8. Specifically described as a non-assisted living operation, the 23,502 square foot project is being spearheaded by the Bowen Group LLC – a partnership between Seattle-based senior care developers Second Family Inc. and property owner Shilda Frost-Labule.

"[My] history is that I’ve been a registered nurse for over the last past 30 years, and I have a history in working with pediatrics and elderly care," Frost-Labule told the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment in January 2007, shortly before receiving approval for the project. “I entered a RFP to provide housing for persons with disabilities in 2002, and during that time, I had several conversations with Department of Health, Department of Aging, and the Housing Authority, and they all were supportive of the project, stating that there was a great need for assistance with the elderly in the Southeast area…[That’s] when I bought the property.”

Designed by EDG Architects of Bethesda, the $3 million project is being funded through a combination of private loans, four housing trust funds and tax credits. Beyond providing merely new residences for area residents ages sixty and up, the development will also offer residents a wellness center to “provide services for individuals that might have chronic illnesses,” a multipurpose room and a shuttle service to provide “access to Metro, to shopping, to social, cultural events, as well as medical appointments.”

Once completed, the Bowen development will count the Howard Hill Apartments, Oxford Manor Apartments and another vacant parcel set aside for a future Hope VI housing project among its new neighbors. Hamel Builders will oversee construction when it begins later this year and will be accepting sub-contractor bids until 5 PM on June 9th.


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

ah, a udc grad i take it!

Ken on May 22, 2009, 2:24:00 PM said...

Why, thanks anon! You must be a developer, or an aspiring writer. Some have read us for years and not yet discovered what you learned in only a few minutes, our hat is off to you. We will consider never writing again.

Anonymous said...

I personally know Shilda Frost and she's been working on this project for years. She has several employees being paid under her non profit company just to work on it. Her adopted daughter also has a million dollar trust fund she's been trying to get her hands on for quite some time now. Her husband Joseph Labule is pretty much a fake marriage. Unfortunately they are reeping Maryland's tax dollars. I don't see this project being developed anytime soon.


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