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DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman was joined by DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Ward One Councilmember Jim Graham, returning resident Adrianne Herbert and new resident Shamika Clark to cut the ribbon on the renovated Columbia Road Apartments.

Today marked another victory in the battle for affordable housing, as the DC Housing Authority officially reopened the doors of the Columbia Road Apartments.

The building, originally constructed in 1986, developed structural problems. Renovations began shortly after the residents were relocated in January 2009, and the construction was completed in May of this year. The renovation met and exceeded both historic and green requirements for the DC neighborhood.

The 23-unit building was basically gutted to the studs and renovated with a unique combination of green features and historic elements The green features include Energy Star lighting and appliances, water saving plumbing fixtures and recyclable, hardwood floors which are used throughout the units. Columbia Road Apartments is located in a historic DC neighborhood with transportation, shopping and restaurants within easy reach.

The unit will be a mix of traditional public housing with up to 12 units for the Achieving Your Best Life (ABYL) Program which prepares public housing residents for homeownership.

Last modified: 8/1/2012 2:59:46 PM