New townhomes at Capitol Quarter were celebrated by (l to r) DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman, new homeowner Karen Conwell, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Chanel Caldwell-Cowan, a returning resident from Arthur Capper public housing.
There’s a new neighborhood in Southeast Washington, and the DC Housing Authority and EYA celebrated its completion with a ribbon-cutting on October 24. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells joined Executive Director Adrianne Todman in the celebration of Capitol Quarter, the townhouse portion of the mixed income HOPE VI community that replaced part of the Arthur Capper and Carrollsburg public housing complexes at the Capitol Riverfront. This phase completes the 323 townhome units ranging from public housing to workforce housing to market rate homes in the $700,000 to $ 1 million+ range.
“We are building a major mixed income neighborhood that has transformed a corner of the city that was once neglected,” Adrianne Todman said. The community was made possible by a $34.9 million competitive HOPE VI grant DCHA received in October 2001, for the revitalization of Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg, a 23-acre, 707-unit public housing complex located in Southeast Washington.
The complete Capper/Carrollsburg redevelopment will leverage the HUD funding into $750 million of neighborhood redevelopment. Upon completion, this unique mixed-income, mixed-use community will include more than 1,600 rental and home ownership units.
The market-rate and workforce townhomes at Capitol Quarter achieved LEED for Homes certification through the U.S. Green Building Council.
Brian Allan Jackson, Sr. Vice President of EYA, served as MC of the ceremony and introduced three additional speakers: Marvin W. Turner, Field Office Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and two new Capitol Quarter Residents, Chanel Caldwell-Cowan, a returning resident from Arthur Capper, and homeowner Karen Conwell Smith.
Capitol Quarter, the Washington Navy Yard and the Southeast Federal Center, combine to form one of the largest urban redevelopment areas in the country, in an outstanding location between Capitol Hill and the Anacostia River. The area is within walking distance to Nationals’ Stadium, has direct access to public transportation, and a growing employment base.
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