Posts Tagged ‘DHCD’

City Solicits Developers for 27 Vacant Properties

In its largest disposition of city-owned property in recent history, the Department of Housing and Community Development offered up 27 vacant properties across six sites for development this week.
DHCD is aiming to convert all of the properties, which consist of 23 empty lots and four buildings, into mixed-income housing. For most of the properties, the agency specifies [...]

Fee Cycle

For much of the 20th century, city planners and officials tackled endemic urban poverty with what seemed to them the most practical antidote. Up went massive housing projects in cities across America. The poor were housed, but they were also isolated, neglected, and surrounded by crime.
These days, we like to think we know better. No [...]

This D.C. Affordable Housing Program Is a Bargain. So Why’s It Underfunded?

Back in February, I wrote about a funky house in Adams Morgan that had the potential to become a landmark in D.C. affordable housing. It's an old-school rooming house with a motley cast of characters who are trying to purchase the property and make it D.C.'s first tenant-owned rooming house. If successful, they'll preserve 14 [...]

On Affordable Housing, the Feds Pull Back Their Helping Hand

When it comes to housing, D.C. can't expect to be bankrolled by the federal government like it once was.
Last month, I reported that the funding from the federal government for the D.C. Housing Authority had declined sharply. The annual Capital Fund grant to the District is $13.7 million this year, down from $20 million each [...]

Rental Block

Denise Johnson had a system. Members of the audience at the Department of Housing and Community Development headquarters last Wednesday were supposed to write their questions on yellow cards and pass them to the front of the room. But when developer Tim Chapman finished presenting his plans to overhaul the so-called Big K site in [...]

Big K Plans Draw Jeers From Anacostia Crowd

The developer of Anacostia's Big K site unveiled plans last night to turn the unused property into a six-story, mixed-use, residential-retail building. And neighbors were none too pleased with what they saw.
A team led by Tim Chapman, the developer selected by the city to develop the Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE property, described the future [...]

At Long Last, D.C. Sells Its First Inclusionary Zoning Unit

Four years after the initiative took effect, D.C. has finally sold its first housing unit under the inclusionary zoning program.
The IZ program requires that new residential buildings of 10 or more dwelling units set aside 8 to 10 percent of the units for low- to moderate-income households at below-market rates. The city's latest report on [...]

Report: Zero Inclusionary Zoning Units Sold or Rented as of December

The latest report on the city's inclusionary zoning program, which compels developers to include affordable units in large residential buildings, shows that as of the end of last year, none of these units had been bought or rented.
The Department of Housing and Community Development quietly released its Inclusionary Zoning Annual Report in April, but it's [...]

An Update on D.C.’s Would-Be First Tenant-Owned Rooming House

In February, I wrote a column about a house in Adams Morgan whose uniqueness goes well beyond the blackface-laden wallpaper that spans its first and second floors. The residents of 1919 Calvert St. NW—a motley crew if ever there was one—are trying to buy the house and make it what by all accounts would be [...]

Stranger Than Eviction

From the outside, 1919 Calvert St. NW looks almost exactly like its neighboring rowhouses, with their stately shades of red brick and stone. A glance at city property records shows little variation on paper: The houses were all valued around $800,000 in last year's assessment.
But once you step inside, something is clearly different. First, the [...]

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