Housing Complex

More Affordable Housing Coming to Shaw

A good-looking addition. (Lincoln Westmoreland Housing Inc.)

It's a tentative plan, but a plan nonetheless: Lincoln Westmoreland Housing Inc. is moving forward with a 50-unit apartment complex on 7th and R Street NW, right next to the 10-story behemoth constructed right after the 1968 riots.

The new building, designed by Shalom Baranes architects, could not be more ideally located: It sits directly above the Shaw metro station (part of the land will be purchased from WMATA), and across the street from the new Shaw library. It will replace a decked-over parking lot, have retail on the ground floor, and still leave some green space for a sculpture installation.

Financing is still up in the air, which makes the actual timeline nebulous. According to a representative of the non-profit developer, some of the needed capital will come from low-income housing tax credits, which means the units would likely be priced to be affordable for people making 60 percent of the area median income. They already received some funding from the city, in the form of a Neighborhood Investment Fund grant for studies to get the project off the ground. Next stop: Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C, and the Board of Zoning Adjustment. The Shaw development roll continues!

Full plans after the jump.

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  • Ace in DC

    Building looks nice and hopefully they will balance income levels. 60% AMI residents will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood and attract civil servants, firefighters, police, teachers etc. But if they decide to concentrate the extremely low income/AMI residents in this building, well they might as well hand over the building to the local thugs so they can have a nice shiny new HQ from which to terrorize the rest of the neighborhood from.

  • Sally

    Make it actual workforce housing, not the usual poor people storage facility.

  • eric

    firefighters, teachers, and police officers don't make 60% of the AMI. They make AMI. Not to mention that section 8 vouchers, welfare payments, etc all count towards minimum income levels. This is yet another warehouse of concentrated poverty. Disgusting.

  • ralph

    More public housing is not what Shaw needs.

  • DCexpat

    C'mon folks, get with the program, you can make good money warehousing the poor. I recently made my house into a rental and got 22 interested parties, every single one of them backed by DCHA. In these neighborhoods, DCHA is the primary client, end of story. The Section 8 partee lives on!

    So glad I worked my ass of renovating my house. So GLAD!

  • Drez

    Quality housing in Shaw can sell for $400/sf.
    That's not dcha territory.

  • Drez

    Btw- AMI I'd $104K for a family of 4
    I know DCPS teachers and MPD who make that on one salary.
    Double income they earn in the $200K/year range.
    They can afford DC. Its a convenient myth that they cannot the truth is that Most simply choose to live elsewhere.


    This area already has more than its fair share of affordable housing. This project should have more of a market-based housing component. As was pointed out, middle class people (teachers, firefighters make to much money for these places) make to much money for these places.

    Sustainable neighborhoods need to have a diverse income mix, with market-based housing forming the core.

  • Q-Street

    I really can't take another subsidized property in the neighborhood. I'm paying my mortgage month to month while my neighbors walk around drunk all day and talk about the 'man' keeping them down burning trash and peeing in public. Let Dupont or Chevy Chase take the next subsidized housing complex for f*cks sake.

  • balance

    My recollection is that when an outside firm was brought in from Boston to look at the redevelopment of the 7th street corridor (I think Shaw main streets brought them in (but it could have been on of the uptown neighborhood redevelopment or the convention center neighborhood committee) they recommended that we don't develop these buildings that are 100% low income. That we instead target on average %15 or 30% (I can't remember which) of each building so that we don't end up with these crime hotspots that we have now. I also remember taking a tour of the neighborhood several years ago, and the security guard at one of the affordable housing apartment buildings by the 7th & R street Metro stating that they were aware of the building's contribution to crime, and that they tried to only rent to senior citizens, etc, but that they could control the people who stayed with the renters (grandchildren, etc). In light of that, I don't think the ANC should support this development if it is 100% affordable housing. There are already a few 100% affordable housing buildings within one or two square blocks, and those buildings don't seem to have a handle on the crime coming from those buildings. For instance, I recall walking upon a scene where a number off African-American teenagers and 20 somethings were throwing eggs a rocks at only people riding by on bicycles who were not African-American. These people clearly lived there, and were targeting people from other races in the neighborhood. I called the police and reported it as a hate crime (based on targeting specific races) and tried to talk to someone at the building. However, this group of people were very bold for a reason, nobody was going to intervene since there were no gun shots, etc, and they knew it. Building additional buildings like this right next door just increases these problems. Unless the people managing these buildings have some sort of concrete plan to deal with the crime coming from these buildings, I don't see why we should approve increasing the crime.

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