The District of Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners took another step in the process to preserve affordable housing by redeveloping Parkway Overlook.  

The board approved the use of up to 55 project-based vouchers for the 220-unit Southeast complex. Project-based vouchers provide a subsidy that stays with the building and does not travel with the renter. The board’s approval will help secure financing for the rehabilitation.

“The District of Columbia Housing Authority is bringing back 220 units of affordable housing to the community,” said Executive Director Tyrone Garrett. “That includes 55 deeply subsidized units that will be available for those D.C. residents with the greatest need.”

The gut rehabilitation of the complex, which is close to the Congress Heights Metro station, will deliver one-, two-, and three-bedroom units and all will be affordable to people making up to 50 percent of the area median income or about $54,600 for a family of four. Nearly all of the larger bedroom sizes will include a second bathroom, according to plans. There also will be units for the disabled.

“It is very exciting that this project is being done 100 percent by DCHA without any of our development partners,” said Chairman Neil Albert. “Following the successful self-development at Highland Dwellings, we’re glad to add Parkway Overlook to this portfolio.”

The entire complex also is slated to receive new heating and cooling system, appliances, electrical systems, kitchens, and bathrooms. The leasing office will change to a more welcoming location. The community building, including a fitness room, business center, multi-purpose room, and a kitchen, will be improved, according to plans. DCHA is looking into a possible solar installation at the site, as well.

DCHA is carefully moving forward with the planning process and is working with the city to bring the property online. Next steps for the complex, located at 2841 Robinson Place, S.E., include finalizing financing and securing permits to begin construction in 2018.   


A rendering of a refurbished Parkway Overlook.
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