Barry Farm/Wade Apartments Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Planning Grant Awardee 

Kenilworth Choice Neighborhoods
With a river, major highways and a decommissioned power plant as its borders, the Parkside-Kenilworth neighborhood is truly isolated from the rest of Washington, DC. More than 50 percent of neighborhood households live in poverty. The vision for the Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan is to create a cohesive, well-functioning community, using housing as a platform for improved quality of life, by redeveloping two severely distressed HUD-assisted housing developments, tying together the neighborhood’s many assets and providing resources that enable children and families to succeed. A Choice Neighborhoods Stakeholders Council, currently comprised of the KPRMC President, DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative President, Kenilworth Courts Resident Council President, principals of the four neighborhood schools, owners/operators of seven existing and planned subsidized housing developments and a team of data and evaluation partners is overseeing the planning process. 
The Choice Neighborhoods planning grant will lead to a feasible Transformation Plan for the redevelopment of the 288-unit Kenilworth Courts public housing development and the 132 project-based voucher units owned by Kenilworth Parkside Resident Management Corporation. Facilitated by planning coordinator ER Bacon Development LLC, the planning process will link neighborhood residents to employment and educational services and develop neighborhood assets including transportation and recreational space. Planning efforts will build upon the area’s existing Promise Neighborhoods planning effort that is focused on improving educational and developmental outcomes for children in Parkside-Kenilworth. The District of Columbia Housing Authority and the DC Promise Neighborhoods Initiative have been closely coordinating planning efforts, sharing data and resources and conducting work groups and joint community meetings.

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