Wednesday marks the celebratory opening of the Ritz, DC's newest affordable housing project. Developers of the 60-unit building, at 1631 Euclid Street, NW, Washington DC, will celebrate the project's completed renovation with a 2pm grand opening ceremony. The $7m renovation project rehabilitated the 82-year-old Adams Morgan apartment building, allowing Jubilee to relocate their corporate offices off-site.
Hickok Cole Architects produced designs for the renovation, Ellis Denning served as general contractor. Jubilee is a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides low-income housing and support services to Adams Morgan residents. According to the developer, "more than 400 people" stood in line to file an application when the project opened last month; the building has now begun occupancy but is not fully leased.
The Ritz was purchased by Jubilee at its founding in 1973, when it was one of the first two properties acquired with the aid of Enterprise Community Partners. Today, the Ritz is the largest of seven Adams Morgan apartment buildings owned and operated by the company. As part of their “Campaign for the New Jubilee,” the affordable housing operator has been conducting top-to-bottom renovations of all their properties.
In addition to the ongoing work at the Ritz, their Ontario Court building (2525 Ontario Road, NW) is also currently undergoing renovation procedures; work on their Mozart (1630 Fuller Street, NW), Marietta (2418 17th Street, NW) , and Fuller Court (1650 Fuller Street, NW) buildings concluded in 2008. Renovations on Jubilee’s two remaining properties, the Euclid (1740 Euclid Street, NW) and the Sorrento (2233 18th Street, NW), are scheduled to commence later in the year. Work on the Ritz finished in summer 2009.