City and community officials have broken ground or opened several affordable units at two different construction projects in the District in recent weeks.

Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, real estate developers, and community partners broke ground on South Capitol Street Apartments on May 18. Just six days before, the ribbon was cut at a new fire and EMS station at West End Square 50 that also will hold affordable housing. Both properties feature Local Rent Subsidy Program funding that the District of Columbia Housing Authority distributes.

South Capitol Street Apartments, located at 4001 South Capitol Street, S.W., will bring 195 apartment units to the Bellevue neighborhood in Ward 8. The units range from efficiencies to three-bedrooms, and there will be 5,000 square-feet of community space.

“As we continue to make unprecedented investments in the production and preservation of affordable housing throughout all eight wards, I am thrilled to break ground on South Capitol Street Apartments,” Bowser said. “This one project will give almost 200 individuals and families access to affordable housing, putting them on pathways to the middle class and setting more families up for success.”  

All units in the development will be reserved for households at or below 60 percent Area Median Income (AMI), and 78 units will be restricted to households at or below 30 percent AMI and targeted to formerly homeless individuals and families who need permanent supportive housing (PSH). Forty of the PSH units will be subsidized by DCHA’s LRSP contract.

“DCHA’s Board of Commissioners originally approved LRSP vouchers for 20 units and then later approved an additional 20 to help close a funding gap for the project,” said DCHA Board Chairman Terri Thompson. “We are proud to continue working with the city and our development partners to bring affordable housing online for District families.”

DCHA’s subsidy totals nearly $482,000 annually.

The $59 million development was made possible through a creative funding network including the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development’s Housing Production Trust Fund, private equity raised through Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and D.C. Housing Finance Agency.

South Capitol Street Apartments will feature amenities such as fitness and business centers, a community room, and office space for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8D. The building is also within half a mile of the Bellevue Neighborhood Library, the Department of Employment Services Job Center, and the Conway Health and Resource Center. In addition, several major commercial projects are planned for the neighborhood, including the construction of a 5,000-seat Entertainment and Sports Arena on the St. Elizabeths East campus.

Just as the South Capitol Street Apartments contributes to the growing community, the opening of West End Square 50 in Foggy Bottom helps the surrounding neighborhood with a brand new fire and EMS station.

The brand new, LEED Silver certified home of D.C. Fire and EMS Engine No. 1 is part of a mixed-use development that includes 110,000 square-feet across nine-stories and 52 affordable apartments for households earning 60 percent of AMI, three permanent supportive housing units supported by DCHA’s LRSP funds, and six market-rate apartments.



Terri Thompson
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