Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Fenty Announces Developer for Deanwood Affordable Housing


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.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The punctuation in this article is so bad that it is almost unreadable.

Then again, what should one expect from "savvy real estate agents" who can't even write "Washington DC" correctly?

Ha!

dcshaw said...

This site is always a great source of development information. Thanks for the great work and don't be discouraged by the previous anon reply. Must be one of those bitter individuals trying to spread their unhappiness.

Ken on Sep 8, 2009, 4:33:00 PM said...

Editors note: Thanks, I guess, for the feedback. While the article may have been not our best literary work, we don't find any incorrect punctuation. In this instance we sacrificed elegant prose for speed, because we thought you would want to know sooner. Its not easy always beating our commercial competition, and with photographs and better information.

Anonymous said...

I found the article very readable and if there were misspellings I didn't notice. I was impressed by Shaun's ability to use the word "purview" in a sentence, though. You don't see that every day, now do you?
It's difficult to cram a lot of information into a small space. That's probably why the first poster only has room for bitter words in his petite brain.

Anonymous said...

Given the Mayor's penchant for rewarding friends with real estate opportunities, I wonder who the big donors are behind these winning firms...

Deanwood Denizen on Sep 10, 2009, 1:28:00 PM said...

The politics in this project is Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) of which Beulah is a member church.

Anonymous said...

We don't need any more "affordable housing" in Deanwood. We have more than enough. These so called "affordable housing residents" don't know where trash belong. They have never heard of "trash bags or "trash cans". They clean out their cars and leave the trash in front of your house. The streets are already lined with McDonald's and Popeyes greasy bags, potato chip, beer bottles, soda cans, and the list goes on. They are just feeding the rats and roaches. Put affordable housing in your neighborhood. We have enough in Deanwood.

FED UP (no pun intended)

 

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