Posts Tagged ‘d.c. housing authority’

Barry Farm Meeting Called Off Amid Angry Protests

A community presentation by developers of their plans for Barry Farm had to be called off before it began, amid furious protests from neighbors and outsiders opposed to redevelopment of the low-income housing community.
Seven development teams responded to the city's solicitation in the fall for plans to convert the neighborhood near the Anacostia Metro Station [...]

Housing Authority Chief on Attitudes Toward Public Housing

I included some of D.C. Housing Authority director Adrianne Todman's comments about moving people through the system over the last couple of days. Here's a bit more from our conversation.
Federal funds for public housing have steadily decreased over the last several years, and the next budget looks not much better. At the same time, politicians [...]

A Year After Peaceoholics Renovated Buildings, They’re Mostly Still Empty

1300 Congress Street SE, still empty.

It's fair to say that the era of the Peaceoholics getting gobs of government funds has come to an end. Last year, the D.C. Council scrutinized $13.7 million in grants and contracts awarded to the anti-violence group over six years. While not guilty of anything terrible, in December, the D.C. [...]

Will Potomac Gardens Ever Be Redeveloped?

My column this week deals with the fence around Potomac Gardens, which doesn't seem to fit in an neighborhood where crime is nothing compared to what it was in the 1990s. But I didn't have space to go into the larger anachronism: The existence of a huge, solid block of concentrated poverty in the middle [...]

Do Fence Me In: Capitol Hill’s Potomac Gardens isn’t as dangerous as it was, but its gates remain.

It is by now a familiar pattern in gentrifying District neighborhoods: A brutal, unprovoked attack prompts neighborhood outrage and an examination of what might have caused the violence.
In eastern Capitol Hill, those periodic cycles often center around Potomac Gardens, the 352-unit public housing complex that occupies a full city block between 12th and 13th streets [...]

D.C.’s Answer to Harlem Children’s Zone Ready to Break Ground

On Tuesday, the city's top brass, and a collection of philanthropists and non-profits, will break ground on a 32,000-square-foot facility in the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood of Ward 7 that will provide early childhood education services to an area where 72 percent of households are headed by single mothers.
But the Educare building, as it's known, is much [...]

Construction Watch: Gibson Plaza Made Over, Inside and Out

Here's the lesson of Gibson Plaza, the 10-story Shaw behemoth housing mostly Section 8 tenants: If you suffer through bad conditions long enough, you might just be there when a fantastic upgrade comes around.
The 217-unit building hadn't had a major renovation since it was built, back in 1974, by the development arm of First Rising [...]

One Piece of Park Morton to Start Moving, But No Timeline for the Rest

The Washington Business Journal writes up a press release out today about an imminent groundbreaking at Park Morton, the big New Communities project on Georgia Avenue just below the Petworth metro. That's for one piece of the project–the building at 3512 Georgia Avenue, previously bought by Central Union Mission, which had been in limbo until [...]

Year in Preview: D.C. Development in 2011, Before it Happens.

2010 was a big year for development in the District.
Capital markets unfroze, allowing a slew of stalled projects to break ground. Large empty spaces in the architecturally uninspired NoMa and Capitol Riverfront business improvement districts finally started to fill out. A Web-savvy smart growth constituency became a force in planning and politics, and car-centric suburbs [...]

Public Housing Residents Told to Just Say No

Several months ago, I wrote about discomfort at Ward 8’s Highland Dwellings public housing complex over a phased relocation and renovation accelerated by the federal government’s stimulus timetable. Time for some follow up. By now, the first phase and half of the second couple of phases have been relocated, and construction is scheduled to start [...]