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MetroTowns at Parkside recently was awarded the National Association of Home Builders’ 2015 Pillars of The Industry Award for Best Workforce Housing Community. The 2015 Pillars of the Industry Awards honors excellence in multifamily development, design, marketing, and management.

MetroTowns is a “model mixed-income housing redevelopment community… that provides significant affordable homeownership opportunities for members of the workforce and new, modern rental townhomes and apartments for low-income and public housing residents,” according to the NAHB’s online awards ceremony.

The $34-million community, located in the Parkside neighborhood in Northeast, is comprised of 83 for-sale homes and 42 rental apartments. It was made possible by the District of Columbia Housing Authority, the Linda Joy and Kenneth Jay Pollin Memorial Community Foundation, Enterprise Homes, and architect Torti Gallas.

DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman said the redevelopment is “truly part of the renaissance of the Kenilworth-Parkside community.”

NAHB noted that MetroTowns helped transform the surrounding neighborhood, is transit-oriented, and meets Enterprise Green Community standards. The panel of judges also highlighted the effective and creative partnership between various public and private organizations to realize the redevelopment.

“With the help of our wonderful team, we were able to make MetroTowns a great, welcoming community for DC’s hard-working men and women, so we are thrilled it has been recognized as the Best Workforce Housing Community,” said Christine Madigan, executive vice president for Enterprise Homes.

MetroTowns at Parkside was also recognized as a finalist in the Best Creative Financing of an Affordable Housing Community category of the Pillars of the Industry Awards program.

The idea and the force behind MetroTowns came from the District of Columbia civic leader, Abe Pollin, who saw a tremendous need for affordable homeownership opportunities for the District’s workforce during construction of the Verizon Center. Once Pollin approached the city, Enterprise, and DCHA were brought in to evaluate sites and produce a development plan. The former Parkside Additions was chosen and the District contributed an additional 6.6 acres to the development. 

MetroTowns was “a collaborative effort to provide affordable housing to a community in need,” said the NAHB awards ceremony announcer.

MetroTowns at Parkside is yet another redevelopment that proves DCHA’s ongoing commitment to preserve and create affordable housing for the citizens of the District of Columbia.  

 

Last modified: 10/26/2015 12:24:50 PM