Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Ritz Gets Low-Income Makeover

Local affordable housing provider Jubilee Housing, Inc. has begun renovating its flagship Adams Morgan property, the Ritz, at 1631 Euclid Street, NW. In addition to revamping the economically priced units in the 82-year-old Adams Morgan apartment building, the renovation will also allow Jubilee to relocate their corporate offices off-site and reallocate the space to an array of community interests.

The nearly $7 million renovation will amount to 60 units of affordable housing for Jubilee – which breaks down as 10 efficiencies, 20 one-bedroom, 10 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom rental apartments. According to Kathy Guillaume, Jubilee’s Director of Development, new amenities planned for the Ritz include community-oriented additions such as a "computer center, multi-purpose classrooms, community room, [and an] after school center for teens," in addition to energy efficient infrastructural upgrades for the apartments and communal areas. Hickok Cole Architects is designing the renovation, Ellis Denning is serving as general contractor.

Jubilee will move out and into a new location on Colombia Road, allowing for the creation of a new teen center. The Ritz has been under Jubilee’s control since the company’s founding in 1973, when it was one of the first two properties acquired by company executives Terry Flood, Barbara Moore and Carolyn Banker with the aid of Enterprise Community Partners founders, Jim and Patty Rouse. 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 is on track to wrap up in July of 2009.


Anonymous said...

What a fabulous location. Its a shame that a beautiful building in such a great location will be so under-market. It won't help that struggling little neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Eric...oh, how i disagree with you! Affordable housing allows neighborhoods and cities to be livable for all residents, not just the well off financially! We are healthiest when we are connected together beyond economic station.

Anonymous said...

60 units? 10+20+10+10=50.

Anonymous said...

The "ritz" is the epicenter of TONS of crime -- drugs and murder. Constantly. Sit on a grand jury in D.C. for a few weeks -- you'll want to close all of this riff-raff housing immediately.

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