Housing Complex

Mixed-Income Apartment Building on the Way at 7th and L SE

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The redevelopment of the Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg public housing complex in the Capitol Riverfront, stalled past its expected 2013 completion date by the recession and the sheer scale of the project, now appears to have new momentum, with the D.C. Housing Authority having secured financing for a 195-unit building on the site.

The news, first reported by JDLand and confirmed by Housing Authority spokesman Rick White, comes on the heels of another step toward new development in the project. The Housing Authority recently proposed to its board that it sell off a parcel in the newly hot neighborhood to a private developer for the construction of a market-rate condo building, and use the proceeds to speed up funding for the affordable housing needed to fulfill the agency's commitment to provide replacement units for all the public housing lost when Capper/Carrollsburg was razed in the mid-2000s. That plan generated controversy among neighbors who thought its creation of separate low-income and market-rate buildings would violate the Housing Authority's commitment to build a fully integrated mixed-income community, but it would also allow the replacement affordable units to be built more quickly after years of delay due to lack of financing.

The latest planned development, though, hews to the mixed-income model. The "Lofts at Capitol Quarter," as the project at 7th and L streets SE is being called, will consist entirely of rental apartments, including 39 affordable units. Construction is expected to begin within a few months and last about 20 months. The building will take over part of a Nationals Park parking lot.

Of the 707 demolished Capper/Carrollsburg units, 515 replacement affordable units have been built. The two planned projects would take that number to 602, still 103 units short of the Housing Authority's promise of one-to-one replacement.

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Renderings from the Housing Authority

  • Bill

    I think your addresses are a bit off. Closer to 3rd and K??

  • MStreetDenizen

    No, he's correct - this is at 7th, near the Marine Barracks. The earlier one (the one that is controversial because the affordable units are in a seperate building( is the one on 3rd.

    So much going on around here, its hard to keep track - thats why JDLand is so valuable.

  • JES

    Yeah, the addresses are right. It's referring to Nationals Lot W, seen on this map: http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ballpark/parking.jsp

    The buildings in the background of the renderings don't exist yet, so maybe that's the source of your confusion? I believe this lot is to be split in half horizontally, with the north side containing this development, and the south side containing offices that have yet to be built.

  • JES

    And I second MStreet's comment; love having JDLand around!

  • Bill

    Sorry, article initially said 7th and E SE. So I was guessing he was talking about Arthur Capper.

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  • http://philadelphia.localmart.com/apartments-for-rent/ Rachel

    I always though that massive house building will make the prices on property more affordable for people. So, it’s a good new that 195-unit is been built on the site. In general, residential property is significantly overvalued. A better way of stimulating housebuilding would be to force prices to fall back to their equilibrium level. Building rental apartments, including 39 affordable units, will be good for young people who can’t afford buying their own property, especially if it will be mixed-income model where everyone will be able to find something according to his budget.

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    It's a shame they're not breaking up that huge block into two. Put a 6th Street back in between L and M to make two more human-sized blocks.