Deanwood has been grabbing headlines left and right this summer. Today, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty announced that Denning Development, Urban Matters Development Partners and Beulah Community Improvement will develop the two parcels at 400-414 Eastern Avenue, NE (now a vacant building) and the empty 6100 block of Dix Street, NE. The Dix Street and Eastern Avenue project, with 56 new, affordable, three bedroom townhomes, joined the pipeline of new projects promising affordable housing and jobs for area residents. Other new Ward 7 redevelopment projects include the Strand Theater, the opening of Marvin Gaye Park and last week's demolition on Hayes Street.
Both projects will be developed under the purview of the District’s Nehemiah Housing Program, which builds homes for households earning between $25,000 and $75,000 per year. According to a press release issued by Washington Interfaith Network, a portion of the units may be made available as workforce housing.
Of the 56 units, 18 will be adaptive re-use and the remainder will be new construction. The townhomes will range in size from 1,484 s.f. to 1,680 s.f. At least 10 of the units will be reserved as replacement housing for families currently living in the Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings community. The Mayor projected groundbreaking in February 2010. With 21 of the units scheduled for completion by "this time next year," the remainder should be completed by October of 2011. Square 134 Architects designed the new buildings.
Both sites are governed by two long-range planning initiatives – the Lincoln Heights and Richardson Dwellings New Communities Initiative Revitalization Plan and the Deanwood Strategic Development Plan – that are targeted at undoing the “blight and underinvestment” the community has suffered from over the past 40 years.